Thursday, August 6, 2009

90th post!

I'm surprised I've blogged that much! Wooo! Yay, me :)

This is gonna be a quickie...long day at work followed by a run followed by MORE WORK. Yep, had more to do once I got back to the office.

I needed a break from the computer yesterday so here's a brief recap of last night's dinner:
Turkey and Spinach Casserole
3 c whole wheat egg noodles, cooked and drained
3/4 lb ground turkey
1 9oz package frozen creamed spinach, defrosted
1/3 c frozen peas, defrosted
2 tbsp sherry
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1/2 c mushrooms, diced
1 tbsp tarragon
1/2 c brie, chopped

Heat olive oil in a pan and saute onions until softened. Add ground turkey and brown. Add mushrooms and cook until soft before adding sherry.
Add tarragon, pepper and spinach and stir to combine. Add brie and stir over low heat making sure that the cheese has melted.
Pour mixture into an 8x8 baking pan, cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

So my dinner experiment wasn't bad, but it wasn't exactly what I envisioned. I wanted it to be maybe I should have used chunks of chicken instead of ground turkey. Ah well. On to tonight!

Once again it was just Jamie and me on this downtown adventure. This time we took a break from Hains Point and did a portion of my 2nd favorite 10 mile route. This route took us through Georgetown, across the Key Bridge, along the Mount Vernon Trail, across the Memorial Bridge, along the Reflecting Pool, around the Washington Monument and the Mall. It ended up being a 7.19 mile route and despite a bunch of things going wrong (fuel belt kept hitching shorts up, shoes untied, tense shoulders, AGH!), we managed to run it at 10 min pace. Woo :)

During this
crazy not right run I realized a few things. First of all, I must replace all my socks. I ran out of my trusty Balegas and had to run in my regular socks. My feet were sad. So sad, my pinky toe sprung a blister! Think I'm exaggerating? You should test these socks me, you'll never go back.

Second of all, I think I may have developed a love for my Nike Elites. Remember when I first got them and was so excited and then I decided they were giving me pains, well I've been switching back and forth between them and the Inspires. I'm sorry dear Inspires, you will not be my MCM sneaker, not if I can feel all the pebbles on the sidewalk when I try to adjust my form :(

I just purchased a pair of new Elites online because our store doesn't have them in my size.
Hi, my name is Karena and I'm a running sneaker addict. I also purchased my other 'must have during training' item - a box of Mocha Clif Shot gels. Hell yes.

What is your 'must have' workout item (clothing/shoe/food)?

Since I was STARVING mid run last week, I paid a visit to the Daily Market around 4 and picked up some Sabra To Go Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Pretzel Crisps for my pre-run snack. Just enough food to keep my belly happy :)

Post run, Jamie helped me assemble some proposals that needed to go out first thing tomorrow and then we decided that some Naan and Beyond was in order! Um yes,
apparently we like some Indian food post 7 mile weekday run...I believe this is the 2nd week in a row? I originally asked for some Chicken Biryani, and the guy scooped it and was like yeah, no. I can't serve this to you. I appreciate that. A lot. If you can be honest with me and tell me that there's something wrong with one of your dishes, you get a gold star in my book.

I went with the Veggie Combo Plate which was rice, saag, chickpeas, veggies and a side of naan.
That's a whole lotta food! I'm not quite sure what to do with all the leftovers since I plan on making my BSI entry tomorrow night. Ah well. My dinner was deeeeeeeeeeelicious, especially with a side of mango chutney. MMM.

I'm off to bed now that I'm all digested. Just some evening foam roller action and then it's off to wonderful WONDERFUL sleepyland. I think I might venture to the gym tomorrow night for some much needed strength training. Julia over at Chocolate Shoestrings had an awesome and motivating post about strength training the other day that made me remember that it is an absolute must...even though I always seem to forget about it. You should check it out!

Promise I'll have more fun stuff tomorrow! :)


We Are Not Martha said...

Congrats on the 90th post!! My must-have for working out is my Saucony sneakers. No other sneaker feels good on my feet!


Paige@ Running Around Normal said...

That turkey casserole looks yummy! And I'm so jealous of your Indian food - mmm :)

Nice job on the run! That's awesome :D My must have work out item is obviously my iPod, but also my white hat if I'm running outside in the sun.

Anonymous said...

Wow that dinner looks great. Just out of curiosity, I just checked how many posts I have. 123!! Yay! Go us!

B.o.B. said...

The casserole looks delish. And healthy! Thanks for posting it.

Congrats on #90!

Can I just say how jealous I am of your D.C. running? I love it there and can't wait for MCM!!!

Mia {runs and rests} said...

Congrats on your 90th post! :D So close to a hundred!
I love spinach cannelloni so I'm drooling here staring at your casserole.
Glad to know you're running well with the Elites. My Mizuno felt great on their first 5 miler yesterday. I hope to test the Asics tomorrow for comparison. Have a great weekend!

m said...

That casserole looks SO good!!! And congrats on the 90th post ;) I have no idea how many I have haha but now I'm inspired to go check!

Julia said...

wow, thanks for the shout out.
my goodness that Indian food just made my mouth drool so hard core its not even funny! haha
I'm still on the search for the perfect running shoes. It's hard because my small town doesn't really have a good selection to choose from. Oh well. I would say running essentials will be sweat whicking (sp?) clothes. Running in all cotton is just pure torture