Running: Calgary Marathon 10K

Well, this post is over a month late :P

At the end of May, I ran the 10K at the Calgary Marathon.  My goal was 10k under 55. Like the 5k, my goal became slower as the race neared. Lol. On the day of the race, I was aiming for anything under 57 minutes. When I got to the starting area, disaster struck (Lol. Not really. Although, I did think it was awful at the time). My Garmin watch didn’t turn on! It had been in my bag and I guess my water bottle leaked and my watch got wet (Fortunately, it works now).  My younger cousin was running the 10k as well, but she was aiming for a 50 minute 10k. So I thought I’d pace with her as long as I could, then after that, wish for the best. I paced with her for 3k. And then I found an older gentleman that looked like an under 1 hour type of guy and followed him for the rest of the race. However, he was actually an under 55 minute type of guy as I finished the race under my original goal time! Thank you older gentleman! Lol. I finished with a gun time of 54:30 and a chip time 54:19. I also completed my Calgary Marathon medal collection. Yipee! :)

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New Year Resolutions 2015: Check-in #6

It’s July! And summer is in full swing here. The heat has been ridiculous! I have been enjoying the weather so much and failing at all my New Year’s resolutions at the same time :P Hopefully I can get myself organized this month.

1. Practice French for 1 hour a week: BIG FAIL. I skipped all my classes in June. I’ve been so busy at work. Still not an excuse. Classes won’t start up until September again. SIGH.

2. Make videos: Fail.

3. Write down one good thing every day: Pass.

4. Running Goals: Refer to my blog post here. 5k run in under 27 minutes. Read the post here. 10k run in under 55 minutes! (Post still to come) Signed up for the NYC Marathon in November.

5. Drive only 2 times a week: Another awful month for driving :(

New Year Resolutions 2015: Check-in #5

Happy June! Almost summer! May was a pretty busy month. Hence another poor performance for my resolutions.

1. Practice French for 1 hour a week: I only went to one 1.5 hour French class in May. Fail.

2. Make videos: Fail.

3. Write down one good thing every day: Pass.

4. Running Goals: Refer to my blog post here. 5k run in under 27 minutes. Read the post here. 10k run in under 55 minutes! WOOT! More detailed post to come on my 10k.

5. Drive only 2 times a week: May was an awful driving month. I drove 28 times! I just had so much stuff to do that was more convenient if I drove. I know… first world problems.

Food: Oreo Pancakes

Another Pinterest recipe I tried. The original recipe is here. I definitely have a sweet tooth, but I found this recipe too sweet! Pigs are flying right now. Haha. Not sure what I have to adjust. Any suggestions?

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INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used Almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon oil (I used coconut oil, but it kept solidifying, so use canola oil or something similar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • FROSTING FILLING
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened coconut flake
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk – I used Almond milk again)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. FROSTING – Using a food processor, mix the coconut flakes until they form coconut butter. Scrape down the sides as necessary. It may not come to a full paste but it should be near creamy. (Start your pancake batter while it’s mixing)
  2. Once creamy, add vanilla and powdered sugar and mix again.
  3. While the mixture is processing, add in splashes of coconut milk until it resembles a creamy frosting that retains a little thickness.
  4. BATTER – Heat a skillet over medium-low heat.
  5. Mix milk, oil and vanilla in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Whisk the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a separate bowl until combined.
  7. Add the liquid to the dry and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Add a touch more milk if it’s too thick.
  8. Drop small scoops of batter onto the lightly greased skillet. When bubbles start to peak through the surface and you see a bit of light browning/crisping up on the underside, flip the pancakes over carefully, about 2-3 minutes.
  9. Repeat on the other side, remove from the pan.
  10. Top pancakes with as much frosting as desired. I found a small spoonful between each later was plenty.

Running: Mother’s Day 5K

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today was the first of four races I planned for the year – The Mother’s Day Run. My goal was 5k under 25. I knew when I set the goal it would be tough for me. A couple of weeks I ran 5k in 28:22 and I thought, “Ok, I’ll be happy with sub 28″. A few days ago, I ran 5K in 27:42 and then I thought, “Ok, I’ll be happy with sub 27:30″. Lol. Race day came (today) and my Garmin went off at 5k in 26:58. But the finish line was STILL SO FAR AWAY! Apparently the course is actually 5.39km (to be exact), so my official time was 29:19. I’m happy with the race. My next race is a 10k in 2 weeks. I really need to work on hills. They killed me. But I know NYC (my ultimate goal for this year) is filled with hills so I just need to suck it up and do them.

My splits (according to my Garmin) were: 5:21/5:30/5:11/5:27/5:29. I’m proud of myself for being pretty consistent! Go me!

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