FINALLY, it is friday!! before I start talking about friday- let me recap about my 4 mile run yesterday. I did this after my classes were over (around 3:30- got out of physics lab early….woohoo!) and averaged 8:26 min/mi. the breakdown: Mile 1= 7:59 Mile 2= 8:14 Mile 3: 9:00 Mile 4: 8:30. Although the splits do not suggest it, I actually felt very good on this run! The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS and I took a totally new route- so it made the run pretty exciting! However, I was hit with some of the biggest hills I have encountered by my school to date. I just took them slowly and steadily. Although they significantly decrease my avg pace and hurt like H**, they are good to do and it makes me feel that much better after the run is over. I am thankful, however, that I found the NCR trail to do my saturday long runs at. I could not imagine running up and down hills for 15 miles straight!! AH! Oh and at one point during the run yesterday I passed by this mom pushing a stroller with two babies in it, one toddler on her shoulders, while talking on her cell phone. Thought it was the strangest/funniest sight I have seen while running in quite some time. Too much multi-tasking if you ask me haha.
Yesterday I had one of my HUGE honey crisp apples with some naturally more PB and I discovered that the jar was getting pretty darn low. I really never thought I would get THIS excited about an empty jar of pb….oh the small joys of life 😉
Why so excited you ask? Today, for the first time ever, I tried what I have seen floating around the “blogworld” for quite some time now/something I have dying to try/something that Taylor had for breakfast yesterday….OATS IN A JAR!!
In the mix: 1/2 C oats, 1/2 skim milk, 1/2 C water, 1/2 mashed banana (cooked in the oats), 1/2 sliced banana, cinnamon.
and the verdict is….YUMMMMMMM. A jar full of oat/peanut butter bliss. the only other thing I would have added to this would have been some raisins (soaked during cooking of course). but other than that, this was AWESOME. I really like how I mashed half the banana and cooked it in and used the other half to slice on top, too! It is so funny, although the jar looked practically empty, there was SO MUCH peanut butter left inside! Sort of like when you make cookies or brownies and you get to scrape the bowl 😉
I had my first physics exam of the semester this morning. It went really really well! I feel really confident with all of my answers. That is a good way to start the weekend if I say so myself 😉 After my physics exam I checked my mailstop and found that my Giveaway that I won from Ashley’s blog!!!!!
Gaiam Aluminum water bottle, Saltbox cosmetic bag, 2 packs of Pond's Original Wet Cleansing Towelettes, 2 packs of Pond's microdermabrasion Cleansing Towelettes, Hydryx "hard-core" workout towel
Is this not the BEST giveaway EVERRRRR???? This made me SO HAPPY!! Thank you so much Ashley and Katie (PR associate from Pond’s). I am going to bring all of this along with me tomorrow morning to the NCR trail! After I run I always like to wash off my face and change because I dont actually get back home u 😉
and then… I went on my Friday Lunch date with my two friends Rosina and Meaghan! I lived with Meaghan freshmen year and we both went to high school together. Meg is on the swim team and has a different set of “best” friends than I do (although I am friends with her friends). So…between both of our hectic schedules and hanging out with a different set of friends, we do not get to see each other as much as we would like to! Rosina used to be on the swim team as well but decided to quit last year. But- it is the same deal with her…both of us are busy/on seperate schedules/different set of friends. I am so happy I met rosina. With meg being on the swim team, I met lots of swimmers my freshmen year…they are all really awesome. so anyway…. we decided to designate one day a week to US! catching up, enjoying each other’s company, etc. I love love love them! We were going to go to Red Star in Fells point (Ashley from Daily Goods recommended this andddd Michael Phelps & Shaq went here after the taping of Shaq’s show- taped at my school’s pool), but Rosina and Meg both had to be back on campus by 3 pm for the official changing over of Loyola College to Loyola University. Instead, we are going to go to Red Star next Friday! No biggie.
Today, we decided to walk over to the Evergreen Cafe. It was a nice walk since the weather was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! It really felt like fall weather today! I got the same thing I got on Monday- The power-house sandwhich- 12 grain bread with avocado, hummus, sprouts, cucumber, carrots, and tomato but instead of the veggies on the side imagine a fruit salad! haha (I did not want to take a picture in front of them!! I am still a LITTLE shy, okay?!)
Always a good time with Meg and Rosina 😉 Then at 5:30, Rosina and I went to a Body Flow at our school gym. Body Flow is the “Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centered and calm. Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves and poses to music create a holistic workout that brings the body into a state of harmony and balance.” Today is supposed to be a rest day, but who doesnt need some body flow in their life? This was the first time going to this class for me and I thought it was great! At first I was not too sure about it. but I really liked how different aspects of yoga/tai chi/and pilates were intertwined into the class. Rosina, who has never done yoga/pilates before, really loved this! She was amazed at how energetic she felt after the class. It was cool to see a “newbie’s” reaction to the way yoga makes you feel. We both walked in VERY tired, and walked out full of energy and at peace/calm.
For dinner, I made something similar to what Mary made a few nights ago:
Baked chicken (in oven at 375 degrees- EVOO/S&P, cook one side, then flip), added some homemade pasta sauce, sliced mozzarella cheese, & fresh basil….all on a base of sauteed baby spinach (evoo + garlic)…so basically I made my own version of Chicken parmesan!
Tonight is my night to kick back & relax…and that is just what I am going to do! A little while after dinner, I was feeling up to some Starbucks and decided to give the Pumpkin Spice Latte a go! Liz over @ Therefore I Eat seemed to really like this…so I figured…what the heck…I will try it! Rosina and Meaghan came along for the ride too 😉 (woohoo look at us hanging out for the entire day!)
Verdict of the Pumpkin Spice Latte…. GOOD!! I am normally not a coffee/latte/cappuccino/frap drinker (I actually do not even know the difference between these drinks)…Usually I just stick to tea/iced tea…but I really enjoyed this! As I got closer to the bottom of the cup I tasted a stronger pumpkin spice flavor…. I wish the overall cup was as strong as the bottom of the cup. But, oh well!
Okay…Time to do a whole bunch of…NOTHING. Well actually I do have to pack my “running bag” for tomorrow’s long run of 15 miles. Going back to the NCR trail again! 😉 Very very excited! I am also going to load up my shuffle with songs from Kathleen’s Playlist.…I will check back in tomorrow!! Enjoy your Friday nights…be safe!
p.s. yesterday night I tried out Newman’s Own Organics Dark Chocolate Espresso
I remember reading Evan’s review on this flavor- Like me- he is a HUGE fan of the Mocha Milk Chocolate flavor. This flavor was different from the mocha milk chocolate in that it had bits of espresso bits in it. Evan didnt think that there was a strong “coffee” flavor in this bar but I myself did taste it. I liked the slight crunch that the espresso beans added to this too! If i HAD to chose between the mocha milk chocolate and this, I would chose the mocha but honestly…I really really liked this one! It really depends if you are in the mood for milk or dark chocolate!
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