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What you ask?  The anxiety filled, sleepless nights that accompany any big event.  I woke up at 2:22 am last night, and didn’t fall back asleep until sometime after 3 am.  When I finally did fall asleep, do you know what I dreamed about?  The half marathon Sunday.  In my dream/nightmare, I was at the expo picking up my bib and other crap, and got distracted by a Lululemon vendor.  Obviously a significant amount of time passed, and before I knew it there was 15 minutes until the race started.  Yup, in my dream/nightmare the expo was the same morning as the race.  Anyway, I was rushed to the start and didn’t get to go to the bathroom.  Sigh.  Three more nights of this.

Prior to my sleepless night full of tossing and turning, I got a great tempo run in, cooked an awesome dinner, and watched The Pioneer Woman kick ass on Throwdown with Bobby Flay.  My second to last run of my training plan was a 5 mile tempo run, with 3 miles at 8:57 pace.

  • 1 mile warm-up @ about 11 min/mile
  • 2 miles @ 8:57 pace
  • 1 mile ranging from 8:49-7:30 pace
  • 1 mile cool-down @ 10 min/mile
  • 5 miles in 46:38

The run felt pretty good, one more 3 miler tonight and then the race on Sunday, yikes!  Oh and in case you’re interested in receiving text message updates on my progress during the race, here is the link to sign up to track me.  It doesn’t always work, but it’s free, so it’s worth a shot I suppose.

After my work-out, I came home and made one of my favorite dinners.  I’d sort of been cheating on my chicken lo mein recipe lately with an easier version that just involved using a teriyaki marinade, but last night I made the real thing.

This recipe is super easy, and I originally only made it with tofu, but last night I mixed it up with some chicken.  The best part about this recipe is that you can throw in whatever veggies you happen to have in the fridge.  Here’s how it went for me last night

  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 1/2  cup apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar
  • 8 tsps low sodium soy sauce
  • Sesame oil (I never measure, just kind of judge by taste and smell)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • broccoli
  • corn
  • snow peas
  • 3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 servings of your choice of noodle (I used Trader Joe’s Rice Sticks)
  • Red pepper flakes

Cut up your chicken breasts into equal sized pieces, place in bowl with 3 tsps of soy sauce and some sesame oil, let marinate.  Into a large sauce pan, add about 2 cups of chicken broth and 3 tsps of soy sauce.  Let it start to simmer, and then add your chicken breasts.  Once the chicken has started to cook, and is no longer pink, add in your vegetables and vinegar.  Let the whole thing simmer, covered, for about 6 minutes.

Add the noodles, and remaining chicken broth if necessary.  At this point, you can also taste your sauce and add more soy sauce and sesame oil if you want.  Stir in the noodles, cover, and allow to simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed and the noodles are cooked.  If you are using regular spaghetti noodles, you may need to add more liquid.  Once the noodles are cooked, and the liquid absorbed, remove your pan from heat, sprinkle with red pepper flakes, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes.  This will give the red pepper a chance to meld with all the other ingredients.  Then you’re good to serve!

Well, it’s finally Thursday, only one more day of work after this!  Oh, and Pottery Barn called me yesterday to set up delivery and my bed, dresser, and night table arrive in VA on the 27th.  Just like me!  So excited.  Have a great one!

My First Time

No, not that first time, pervs.  My first time doing a giveaway!  Details about it to come at the bottom of this post, but it involves some great cookware from the Le Creuset line!  A perfect fit for this blog and my love of cooking ;).  How was everyones weekend?  Did you miss my post about my adventures in baking?  Check it out here.

Saturday night, the bf, sister, and I went out to our favorite BYOB Chinese restaurant, Duck Sauce, in Newtown.  I know I have talked about it on here before, but it is seriously amazing, and relatively cheap.  We started out with two appetizers, the Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Steamed Pork Dumplings.

lettuce wraps

dumpling

Then for our main course, the three of us split an order of the Orange Beef and Chicken Lo Mein.

my plate

bf and I

Everything was so good, and I think for the first time we didn’t have any leftovers to bring home.  Which meant we obviously needed to walk around for a little bit after dinner to digest our meals.

sisters

After dinner we decided to head to one of the bars near our house for a little bit before going home.  They have a $5 pitcher special that is sometimes just too good to pass up.  We had two before heading home where we proceeded to drink and hang out a little more.  Needless to say yesterday was a slow one.  I never even got dressed and just lounged on the couch all day.  It was delightful.  I also ate a lot of pizza, which was also delightful.  Now it is Monday again, and I’m exhausted.  The bf is still sound asleep in bed, and I am so jealous of him.

Giveaway

Ok so last week, Sean from the Promotions Team at CSN Stores contacted me and asked if I would be interested in perhaps doing a product review or giveaway, and I said that I would love to give something away to my lovely readers!  The prize up for grabs is a $40 gift card to use on the CSN Stores Cookware website.  Personally, I really could use some new pots and pans and think the Le Creuset Cookware sets look awesome, but unfortunately I cannot win my own giveaway :(.  The gift card would be good for use anywhere on the Cookware website.  Unfortunately the giveaway is only open to US and Canadian residents.  Two ways to enter!

  1. Leave a comment here telling me what you would buy with the $40
  2. Tweet about the giveaway and leave another comment telling me you tweeted.

I will use a random number generator to choose a winner on Wednesday morning, so you have until Tuesday night to enter.  I’ll pick the winner and then you’ll just need to send me your information so we can get the gift card on the way to you.  Good luck!

Just keep swimming

Loved Finding Nemo, I think my girlfriends and I all went to see it Senior year of high school when it came out in theaters.  Just keep swimming is what I kept telling myself last night in the pool, even though my arms were tired and my head was full of water.  I have a serious problem with getting water in my ears, I think it might be time to invest in some ear plugs.  The last thing I need is something else, like swimmers ear, to piss me off.  Unless anyone can offer any tips to get water out of your ears, except jumping up and down like an idiot because that hasn’t been working.  I was a little nervous that the pool would be as crowded after work as the rest of the gym is, but when I got there only one other person was swimming, and they left before I was done.  I had the whole pool to myself for pretty much my entire workout.  Which I’m not going to lie creeped me out a little.  I just kept picturing scenes from horror movies over and over in my head.  Luckily there were no mass murderers on the loose in LA Fitness last night.  I did the same workout from Sunday, just the whole thing this time.

  • 50m free, 50m kick, 50m back warm up
  • 10×50 m free
  • 10×50  m kick
  • 200 m free

I’m going to try and look for another workout today, this one was good but I think I can do more next time.  After the gym I headed home to make dinner.  Last week I stocked up on tofu at Trader Joe’s and figured I should probably use it.  I knew we had all the necessary veggies on hand for tofu lo-mein, and decided to throw that together.  Check out the massive pile of veggies.

There’s eggplant, carrots, broccoli, yellow pepper, orange pepper, red pepper, and onion.  I also added some frozen corn because I had it, and well why not.  Normally I don’t use this much, and I think because of that my liquid portions were off, the noodles didn’t really have a chance to absorb a lot, which left some of them kind of hard.  It still tasted good though, and I ate it, I just need to remember to increase the other amounts when I am increasing the veggies.

I think I finally got the right amount of red pepper flakes down, because I didn’t feel like I was eating the sun, success!  After dinner I settled in on the couch for a dose of my addiction, Lost.  I don’t really have too much to say about this episode except that the last 2 minutes left me very excited for next week, and that’s all I’m going to say because the bf didn’t get a chance to watch it and he’ll yell at me if I give anything away before he does.

Yesterday, Amy over at Second City Randomness gave me the Sunshine Award!  Thanks Amy!

I’m going to pass this a long to a few people who always make me laugh in the mornings.

Lindsay at Goodies Galore because I have an obsession with her dog Eleanor and would love to cuddle with her.

Sarah at Washington Ran Here because her comments always make me laugh, and she feels my pain with our horrible weather this year.

Andrea at Can You Stay For Dinner because I want her to invite me over for dinner.

Steph at The Bright Side because her blog is relatively new like mine, she’s from the Philly area like me, and I like her.

I could go on and on, I really have an absurd amount of ya’ll in my Reader, but I’ll stop at four.  Hey good news kids, it’s Wednesday the week is half over!  Have a great one!