Smoothies: Raw Friendly

I’m not always a health nut, in fact I have the biggest sweet tooth, but five weeks ago, I decided to try smoothies for breakfast  a try. It was one of the best decisions of my life (among going to Ithaca, teaching in Asia and getting braces) not only are smoothies healthy and natural, but make me feel great!

Here are my top 3 smoothies to date. All the fruit I use is bought fresh and then frozen in small quart sized bags:

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CARROT ATTACK SMOOTHIE
1 cup spinach
1 cup water
3 small carrots (peeled)
Few chunks of pineapple
Half a banana
Sprinkle of blueberries

*photo coming soon
VERY BERRY SMOOTHIE
1 cup spinach
1 cup water
Some pineapple
Sprinkle of blueberries
Sprinkle of blackberries
1 small Barlett pear
1 medium sized banana

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SWEET VEGGIE DELIGHT
1 cup spinach
1 cup water
2 carrots (peeled)
2 stalks celery
A few slices of Honeycrisp apples
A few slices of Barlett pears

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TheGloRun 5K

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Like a pre-race ritual, I always take a picture of my race bib and shoes.

Went to TheGloRun yesterday where there was music, tons of neon lights, bright colors and glo sticks. I also made a new friend from my Meetup group.

Can’t believe I ran a 10:39 pace and finished at 33:07! That is an incredible PR! So proud of myself!

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The start line. Went in waves. Had to keep restarting my app.

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SoundSHAPE DC and Lax

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Yesterday, I went to SoundSHAPE DC, a free event that merges fitness and music together. The event was founded by professional MMA Fighter Kyle Sefcik and DJ/Producer Andrew Robinson in 2012. It was SoundSHAPE’s first time in DC.

I showed up around the end of yoga and had 5 or 6 minutes to try
it out. And you know what, I liked it!

Up next, after a short musical interlude, was Soldierfit. If anyone knows, I run most mornings. Well, 45 minutes of this constant physically enduring bootcamp totally kicked my butt! Man, I love water breaks, they really are my best friend during a hard workout! Burpees, pushups, squats, planks, jumping jacks, it really was the works!

After that I was pretty done, so I ended up taking to two Soldierfit instructors (unfortunately, they don’t have any D.C. locations), heading to the sponsors table and chatting with a Mary Kay expert, where I received a little goody bag.

Even after all that, I still wanted to do more, so I texted my friend Pav to go play some lax or lacrosse. Had some amazing dumplings

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a Silver Spring spot and then played a little catch in a park. It was fun. I didn’t get home until 8.

When I got in, I took a bath and then found just enough energy to grab milk and cookies at the gas station. After munching on them, I fell asleep. Gosh, I was tired.

Now, I’m considering trying a bootcamp as a cross training twice a week. I think it’d help with my running and overall body strength. Time to investigate!

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Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest (8K): A Race Reflection

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Well what a change in atmosphere! I ran my first 8K of this year at night! It was good to see my fellow IC alum, Joel, and make new runner friends, Corinna and Lis.  We are all smiles in this pre-race pic.

What always amazes me is how nervous I get before a race. I was a nervous wreck all day!

During the race, I ran by many people.  At one point in the race I looked at a father-son duo and expressed how hard the race was. The course was nothing but hills. Ten minutes later, I was motivating others to keep going. At some point, I sped up around the 3.75 mark. All I can say is the human body is amazing!

My Race Reflections

1. Running a race is all mental. Sure you’re running with hundreds of other people, but it’s a single person effort. You have to be ready to get yourself to the finish.

2. I love water stations, as they give me a chance to walk! I don’t know how other people run and swallow properly.

3. It’s OK to get frustrated when things get tough. No one said road races were easy. They aren’t. Anyone who tells you different is a professional athlete/dedicated track star/high off adrenaline.

4. I will keep running races because of the end result: the sprint to the finish line, the feeling of immense accomplishment and race photos that say ‘Hey, I did this! I made it, I made it to the end!’

My official stats for this 8K:

Net time: 1:00:37      Pace: 12:24

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"Darcars Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest 2014 - Photo by Ken Trombatore" "Darcars Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest 2014 - Photo by Ken Trombatore" "Darcars Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest 2014 - Photo by Ken Trombatore"

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Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, D.C.

Saturday: Burgers at Fuddruckers and a walk about with friend Patrick. Gallery Place Chinatown to Union Station.

Gallery Place Chinatown

Gallery Place Chinatown

Union Station

Union Station

Union Station again. Love this photo.

Union Station again. Love this photo.

Trying out angles. Union Station.

Trying out angles. Union Station.

Some random person. Looked a bit empty on a Saturday during Memorial Day weekend.

Some random person. Looked a bit empty on a Saturday during Memorial Day weekend.

Look up. There's more! Stuck a grand structure! Union Station

Look up. There’s more! Stuck a grand structure! Union Station

The United States of America flag

The United States of America flag

During Christmas they put up reefs. During this weekend, the U.S. flag was put up.

During Christmas they put up reefs. During this weekend, the U.S. flag was put up.

Union Station from afar.

Union Station from afar.

My friend took this photo while we walked around from Gallery Place to Union Station and back.

My friend Patrick took this photo while we walked around from Gallery Place to Union Station and back.

Sunday: Biking around the Mall with Ye followed by wings and cocktails.

On Sunday, went out for a bike ride with one of my dc friends who came down from NYC. Safety first!

On Sunday, went out for a bike ride with one of my dc friends who came down from NYC. Safety first!

Bikers on Independence Avenue, NW.

Bikers on Independence Avenue, NW.

More bikers. It was very cool to see them riding around. Everyone was snapping photos with their phones (and cameras).

More bikers. It was very cool to see them riding around. Everyone was snapping photos with their phones (and cameras).

The day was clear, but very sunny. At the Washington Monument.

The day was clear, but very sunny. At the Washington Monument.

Ye. She was having so much fun! At the Washington Monument.

Ye. She was having so much fun! At the Washington Monument.

So there were all these roses put out at the National World War II Memorial, paying tribute to all of the people who sacrificed their lives.

So there were all these roses put out at the National World War II Memorial, paying tribute to all of the people who sacrificed their lives.

This one honors one of the many WWII soldiers.

This one honors one of the many WWII soldiers.

Ye and I at The Jefferson Memorial. First time I remember going, ever and I'm a native.... I'm sure I went when I was younger, but don't remember. So, it doesn't count!

Ye and I at The Jefferson Memorial. First time I remember going, ever and I’m a native…. I’m sure I went when I was younger, but don’t remember. So, it doesn’t count!

This was our last stop. I love my city!

This was our last stop. I love my city!

Bringing my bike on the train. Not actually as bad as I thought. If only I could have sat down. I was so zapped of energy.

Bringing my bike on the train. Not actually as bad as I thought. If only I could have sat down. I was so zapped of energy.

So our excuse was we did all the exercise and now it was time to end things with lots of food.  $4 happy hour from 5-8PM everyday. Seriously, the BEST happy hour in NW.

So our excuse was we did all that exercise and now it was time to end things with lots of food. $4 happy hour from 5-8PM everyday. Seriously, the BEST happy hour in NW.

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Getting it In: 3.39 miles

Today, I woke up before my alarm and just turned right over to get more Zs. I put on my running socks before going to bed and this prepares me to go out in the morning knowing what must be done. It’s sort of a little mental discipline and it works. I was up.

While on my run back, I felt myself get tired, but the hill up 18th and right through Adams Morgan felt like nothing. At one point I would try to avoid any and all hills. I would get tired just thinking about them no matter how slight the incline was.

The mental trick I use is to think I’m running on marshmallows. It works! The best run is when your in the zone and don’t even realize how far you’ve gone.

I was psyched because I was at the 2.57 mile mark at 31 minutes. I’m a turtle, but man did it feel like a serious accomplishment to have run 3.39 miles. I’m getting faster. I’m always so surprised when I run farther each time. I’m ready to register for a 5k and then a 10k. Eventually, I do see a half marathon in my future.

Now that would be icing on the cake!

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Birthday in NYC

What a wonderful weekend. I’m the luckiest girl in the world. I got to celebrate my birthday in my favorite city with my most favorite people.

I had the best time in NYC and owe it all to the people who made it special. Thank you so much, Ye, Jen, Kelly S., Kelly L., and new friends for coming to spend time with me. I had a blast. You are amazing people and I’m honored to be your friend!

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