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TTT: This DC Life

“Three Things Thursday”, a la Morgan 

Run – Walks:

Last week, for the first time in months, I took a few consecutive days off. After the Cherry Blossom race, I wanted a few mornings that didn’t require spending too much energy to get out the door, and at least part of the week that didn’t revolve around the miles.

To get some time outside and still feel that “Ok, AWAKE now” moment from the cool morning air, I went for a few walks instead. Yup, just strollin’ along. I don’t mind getting out of bed early, it’s even easier when I know the activity on deck won’t require too much energy or thought.

Today, after three days on, I went back to the walk. I see things like this, and I know it’s worth it to give these legs a few extra steps in the day:

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Hosting First-Timers:

Dorry and her other half, Billy, stayed with us this week! While en route to their new home city, they chose DC as their last overnight stop. I love sharing in someone’s first time in the District – citizen or not, the history here is something to experience.

These two know how to fit it all in – they tackled the crowded Mall by bike, and have some amazing shots to show for it. This one is my fave:

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Photo credit: Living with Healthy Hunger, Dallas to NYC: Day 7

Once you have the touristy things out of the way, the trails, neighborhoods and city streets are the next things to see! The four of us had dinner at our favorite casual restaurant, and Dorry joined D & I for a morning run through Rock Creek Park.

In a blog-world faux pas, there is no photo “evidence”. Sometimes the cameras don’t dominate social situations, imagine that. We had a great time – thanks for stopping by, you two!

Pantry Clean Out:

We’re currently on day 3 of desperately needing groceries, but somehow getting by. After day 1, we realized that we’re still standing without a full-of-fresh-stuff fridge and without really “needing” those staples that never miss a grocery basket. Somehow, homemade meals are still creatable, and packed lunches are still saving me $5 a day. It’s down to a craft at this point, but a (frozen) veggie & black bean stir-fry over quinoa last night gave us the gift of leftovers -  I’m lookin’ at you, day 4!

Pantry Clean Out in full effect. We’re ready for some new supplies to work with, after making our way through the ‘old’ ones.

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What makes up your Pantry / Fridge staples list? Ideas, we’re open to them!

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Airplane Breakfast & Baby Love

{Random Friday Facts, a la Katie}

I played soccer for about 12 years, from kindergarten through high school. The only thing that means now is that I love being on a team, and at one point in my life I could kick a ball really far.

I signed up for my first half-marathon only because my roommate, LB, had run a Full a few months earlier. She wasn’t a “runner” before that, but she certainly seemed to be afterward. I was curious. And I convinced her to sign up with me.

I’ve only lived by myself twice, during two summers in college. Lesson learned: I am not meant to be the lone-ranger. I prefer company & conversation. And someone to enjoy What Not to Wear with me.

I brought a mini LARABAR, banana & a pack of LOVE GROWN granola on the plane with me; they served “100-calorie pack” Nabisco cookies & peanuts. My breakfast tasted much better.

There are some songs that I just never seem to get sick of. On that list, for now:

Uprising, The Muse
Bad Romance, Lady Gaga
You are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne
Harder to Breathe, Maroon 5
Wonderwall, Oasis
Empire State of Mind, Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
She’s My Winona, Fall Out Boy
Back to Black, Amy Winehouse
The Show Goes On, Lupe Fiasco

….just to name a few.

I had 60 pages left in The Help before I left for Texas. I obviously had to bring it with me, and finish the book. Then I had to carry around a 450 pg book for 3 flights. I see you, Kindle, and I get your appeal. But I won’t do it; you won’t take me as your victim!

There are two artists that I’d pay anything to see in concert: Ray LaMontagne & Lady Gaga. Preferably not at the same time, though.

Once I read that Dean Karnazes “keeps things interesting” by never running the exact same route twice. Since then, I’ve only ever run the exact same route, more than once, on a few occasions. Dean knows everything, right?! RIGHT.

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On another note, I’ve spent the past two days with these girls and I’m not really ready for vacation{play-time}-mode to be over. This photo-shoot play-mate was too much fun:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Because we’d rather play with the baby all day than menu plan, we did an easy Frittata for dinner. When I say “easy” I mean delicious, and simple.

Asparagus Potato Frittata

1 medium sized potato, peeled & diced
1/2 c onion, diced
~3/4 c Asparagus, cut into 1/2 in. pieces
7 eggs
~2 tbsp white cheddar (or mozzarella), shredded
1 tbsp Olive oil

Heat the oil over medium; preheat the oven to 375*. Add potato & onion, s/p, saute until soft. Add asparagus.

Whisk the eggs together with a splash of milk; pour over vegetable mixture and cook over low/medium. When the edges begin to cook, sprinkle cheese on the top. Put the pan in the oven & bake for 5-10 minutes, watching carefully until the top is cooked through. {Clearly we paid close attention to all measurements & times. Uh-huh.}

Serve with a side of salad, and a glass of vino – Heather, Mike & Emily approved!

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Comments open to random sharing & baby love.

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22 in 48: The RB Power

In the past 48 hours, I’ve run a total of 22 miles. Two days, four runs, and leg muscles that put up with a lot of my why not? mentality decisions.

Here’s how it went down…

Monday morning: we’re back from Breckenridge, rested up and the legs are wondering what happened to that half-marathon training idea…? RB Martha was up for a run, so we met on the trail, and 4 miles flew by. I finished out with a total of 7, thanks to the there-n-back route. Satisfying run: check!

Monday afternoon: The DC buddies, aka Kate (the gal who used to meet me for 5 a.m. runs, remember that? Good times), finally made it out of the snow-packed mountains safely and back into 50* sunny Denver. Hola! She’s in Full training mode, and I couldnt’ resist taking her for a run around my ‘hood. Double run today? Sure, why not. We ran down and around the park, for 6 miles. Second run: check!

Total for the day: 13 miles. Whoa.

Tuesday morning: Kate & the boy were up early with me, it was a 6:30 a.m. Yoga kind of day. We stretched, twisted and savasana’d for an hour. Feels so good. After some breakfast, she & I topped that off with a 6 mile run.

Whew, 19 miles in 24 hours? No wonder I’m a little tired….

Tuesday evening: Denver-Cait asked if I was heading to Run Club?

Well, it has been a while, and I guess I could go, and I guess maybe just run really easy and slow, and it’d be fun to see the group and….ah, why not.

Another 3 miles: check!  A good catch-up date with the friend: check!

Total for the day: 9 miles. Ex-hausted.
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From one perspective, I made up for a few lost miles from last week and got back on track! From another perspective, double-dosing for two days is tiring, in the best way. As is a long weekend full of good times with good friends…

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Has the power/influence/motivation of a buddy increased your drive? It’s always a no-brainer for me – if a running/bike/yoga buddy is up for it, I’m always along for the ride.

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Vegetarian Pasta-less Lasagna

Edited to add: I’m the featured blogger on Fitblogger today! A brief look into why I do what I do, and love every minute of it. 🙂

As an update to Friday’s post, I’ve had quite a few requests for that recipe. I admit the pictures were a bit of a teaser, as were the adjectives “vegetarian”, “gluten-free” and “paleo-friendly”. So, I’m back to deliver! Thanks, Maddy, for the tasty dinner and actual recipe.

Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna

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  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic (I put in 1 without the stem, probably could try 2)
  • 2 28-oz cans whole plum tomatoes
  • 9 – 10 basil leaves, torn (or more, up to you!)
  • 1-2 Eggplant(s), sliced
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese, skim milk
  • 1/2 cup (about a handful) chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with about 2 tbsp EVOO. Add the onion and garlic to the pan, and sauté until tender, 5-6 minutes. Add in the tomatoes, basil, some salt and pepper. Using a wooden spoon or a potato masher, crush the tomatoes up to make a chunky sauce. Bring up to a simmer and reserve the sauce warm.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the ricotta, parsley, egg yolk, parmesan cheese, some salt and pepper.

Ladle about ¼ of the sauce into the bottom of the lasagna pan. Lay down enough eggplant slices to cover the bottom in a single layer. Top about ¼ of the ricotta mixture and repeat another layer of eggplant. Continue assembling the lasagna in that order until you’ve used up all the fillings, ending with red sauce. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the top of the dish and cover with foil. (I could only do one layer of cheese mixture, but it worked out fine to do sauce-eggplant-cheese-eggplant-sauce-mozzarella).

Bake the lasagna for 30 minutes with the foil on, then remove it and continue baking for another 15 minutes until the eggplant is tender and the cheese is browned.

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You won’t miss the noodles, trust me on that! Delicious dinner.

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In other news, the training plan has been ignored for the weekend. Instead, we headed up to Breckenridge to meet good friends from DC, and enjoy the winter-covered mountain town. Beautiful! Now it’s time to host them in our Denver casa, and try to convince them to cross the country and join us. 😉 Kidding….sort of.

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Sadly, this is the only photo evidence that we were there. Next time, I’ll charge the camera batteries. This time, we just soaked it all in.

How was your holiday weekend?

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Run Done & Ready for Her

In an attempt to get back into my morning-run routine (i.e. run before turning on the computer! Run before deciding to lounge and read blogs! RUN and get my morning started.), I headed out again today. It was a sleepy just-get-going kind of day; my legs were definitely not on par with my mind’s expectations, but we both made it through!

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That last 0.7 was a “run it out, Faster” moment; these muscles certainly don’t maintain a 6:30 pace.  Today, they maintained ~8:30 and we called it good.

All that being said, I never regret the choice to get a workout done in the morning! Coming home. with an endorphin high, to warm coffee and oatmeal, reading blogs and catching up on NPR – perfect day.

There is another reason I wanted to get my workout in early; I have some cleaning and prep to do, with a VISITOR on the way! My little Sis is coming for the weekend, to bring in the New Year with me & D, and I could not be more excited. The first time she visited me (on her own) was in college, then she saw my life in DC  over Labor Day…and that was the last time I got her to myself! We tend to have a good time:

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I plan on convincing her to be my running-buddy for the weekend, joining me for a yoga class and walking around in the snow once we finally get some!

This trip will be filled with a different kind of sight-seeing. Rather than historical monuments, we’ll show her and her boy around the mountains, Boulder & Denver. They will be our first official visitors in Colorado! Time to set the bar high…

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