A FITT Filled Weekend…and Recipes

This weekend was AMAZING! I was going to say just Sunday but from Friday thru Sunday, it was all amazing. But if it's ok with you I think I will just keep the focus on Sunday. 🙂

Sunday I ran the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon. Not technically my first half marathon (my second) but one I have been looking forward to running for over two years now...and it certainly lived up to the hype I built up in my head and what I heard from others. Before it even started there was some doubt it would even happen, the weather outlook wasn't looking favorable but it turned out to be a great morning for a run. Sure a little humid but the temps were mild and the wind wasn't too bad so I say weather wise it was a win. 

I woke up at 4am so I could have my cup of coffee and get some oatmeal made for race fuel. I was going to sit home and have all that but of course race nerves had me in the car and headed downtown around 4:45am. After fueling up I did a little foam rolling and then took off on a 2.5 mile run to warm up for the big race. I was in corral "C" which I was told when picking up my packet was "a fast one" so I was only mildly (understatement) nervous about that. This race is huge, there were over 11,000 people there JUST RUNNING THE HALF! That didn't include 5k runners, relay marathoners, and full marathoners. Big race. I love watching people at the start line, a full spectrum of "pre game jitter" routines. Fabulous. They let us start every two minutes so it didn't take long to get going.

Nothing like being a happy runner! I had a plan of attack for this marathon. My original goal when I first signed up for this, who knows how many months ago, was to run a 7:30/mile pace. Due to my "no real training plan" I kinda tossed that and was hoping for a 1:45 finish (about an 8:00/mile pace). I broke the race up into three segments, 4 miles, 5, 4. The first four were to be run my slowest. Just get into the grove of the race, get comfortable. Next five I wanted to pick it up a bit and then burn it out for the last four making my last mile my fastest. Negative split...the only way to race. The first four went just as planned, actually they all did really. The only hiccup was in the five mile bunch, we went through the tunnel and I got some sort of Mario Kart super speed power, I felt so good, like I was flying in there. Everyone warned me about the tunnel but it ended up being my favorite part of the whole race. Anyway, my pace got a little ahead of me there for a bit but I scaled it back down and stayed where I wanted to be.

Hey there I am! Lucky me a friend was at the finish line area and recognized me about 3 seconds before she took this shot. I'm so glad she got it! The finish was tough. For a few reasons...the last few miles were through mostly neighborhood and there weren't many cheering spectators, you don't put much stock in the spectators but let me tell you, they make such a big difference. I am so grateful for their presence on the course, bless them for cheering us all on. The only time I really felt like wind affected me was toward the very end. Big head wind, had to put my head down and push through to keep the pace. Then there was the final "finish stretch", I really wanted that last mile to be my fastest and my legs were definitely feeling the 12 miles already run. I made it though and when I crossed the finish line I had NOTHING left. Which is just how I like to finish a race. And then there were the results.

Mine

Free Press Official

It's all super fabulous to me. I love all the rankings and even better...check out that pace getting faster and faster as the race goes. Now that is pretty freaking sweet!

Mind absolutely blown and I couldn't stop smiling ALL. DAY. If you have never run a race (whatever distance) you really should. It's an amazing experience and you won't get that doing anything else. The vibe in a race is nothing short of amazing and every time I run one I am reminded why I love them so much, why I run them. Time for the next! Detroit Turkey Trot...Drumstick Double! (That's a 10k followed by a 5k, should be awesome.)

But now let's talk about what we're really all here for...FOOD!

Half marathon running doesn't stop food prep apparently. Roasted veggies, HB eggs and egg casserole got done while I was running. No, I'm not that good (but wouldn't that be something), I owe that one to the man of the house. Thanks dahlin'! That's the staples of the week the rest of the week includes some old, some new. These made by me.

Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken Zucchini

Get recipe here

One of the few recipes where in the end it almost looks just like the one they show. The only substitute I made was using Soy Free Earth Balance in place of the butter.

Beef Cabbage Stir Fry

Get recipe here

I will be making this Monday afternoon but I prepped as much as I could while all the other cooking was going on so tomorrow cooking it up will be easy breezy. I'm not sure how I feel about this recipe just yet. It seems interesting and I enjoy putting something new on our plates each week so why not?! I am subbing coconut aminos in place of the soy sauce. It eliminates the soy and has far less sodium than soy sauce. I'll let you know how it turns out.

I actually get to be home one night during the week this week so the kids and I are going to make a meal together (By make a meal together - I mean they will help for approximately 23 seconds, make a most impressive mess within that 23 seconds, then decide they are bored of it and move on. I'm ok with this because it pleases me to have them spend any amount of time helping in the kitchen. It is a hope of mine as their mom to make them kitchen savvy.) We will be making some veggie nuggets.

Veggie Nuggets

Picture and recipe from www.realmomnutrition.com

They look good enough and again, it puts something new on our plates and I rather enjoy having a vegetarian night around the house ever so often. Another one I will have to report on for you but if you make them first let me know!

And now for our feature presentation...

FRIED TACOS! Oh, and homemade guacamole

Mmmmmm....

Show of hands, guacamole is amazing, yes? Avocados are ALWAYS on the grocery list in this house and seeing as I didn't get to a couple last week guacamole seemed like a good fit here. You know what's so great about guacamole? As long as you have avocados in the house you can make it! Score! For this one I used the rest of a red onion we had, some tomato, lemon juice, garlic powder and salt. Quantities I couldn't tell ya but it turned out as yummy as always.

Prepping and frying the tacos. This actual came to be last minute. I knew I was doing taco/burrito meat but when I realized the shells were too small for burritos I had to think on my feet and since my feet seemed to be on a roll today you know it's gonna be good. 😉 Sure, regular soft tacos would have been fine but why just have "fine" when you can have fabulous?! Enter, Fried Tacos. No special recipe here really. Just my homemade taco mix (I don't buy seasoning packets as you know), some cheese and tomato. Pretty simple tonight which was just what I was hoping for with food prep. Put a little meat in the shell, top with the cheese and tomato, close with a toothpick. I used vegetable oil tonight, fill frying pan about a 1/2" deep, just enough that the bottom of the taco is in it when frying, not covered. Heat oil on medium-high, when ready put in the tacos (I fit three at a time in my pan). Fry about 2-3 minutes per side.

They are as fabulous as they look. Top with the guacamole, a little Herdez Guacamole Salsa (If this does not live in your house stop what you are doing right now and go get it. Seriously.) and you have a most delicious meal. We even have some for leftovers, I mean we should, look at all those! If we didn't we would have a problem. I ate two. 🙂

Let's recap.

1 - Friday, awesome. Saturday, awesome. Sunday, AMAZING!

2 - Half marathon ran and owned.

3 - Cleaning, laundry and new furniture delivered (didn't talk about that, boring, but still a part of the awesomeness of the weekend nonetheless)

4 - Food prep turned out great!

Pretty freaking magically awesome if I do say so myself! 🙂

What's on your plates this week? Tell me something awesome about your weekend.