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Run & HIIT Workouts and Grilled Veggie & Tofu Salad

Credit/Debit Card Comments
I must say, I am a little shocked at how many of you have experienced credit or debit card fraud too. It's really scary isn't it? You just never know when it might happen. We were very lucky that our bank apparently monitors all transactions with an eagle eye. Since we have almost completely stopped using that particular card, it probably made the crazy expensive purchases stand out more too. Thank you all for your well wishes with the matter. I'm pretty sure it'll all be resolved. WIth any luck at all, the fraud department with pinpoint the super nice person (or persons) who did this.

Running & HIIT
I slept really soundly last night until about 2 am, then I was up every hour until 4:30 and crashed hard. I didn't even hear Jason leave for swim at 5 am, but I did hear my alarm at 5:26 beckoning me to get up and get my workout done. I knew I wanted to get in 30 minutes this morning, but was totally undecided on what I was going to actually do. I typically have it completely planned out with whatever equipment, attire, DVD ready to go.

It was still too dark to head out for a run, so I thought I'd at least start with the warm up from MMA Kickboxing and take it from there. After a 9-minute warm up, it was light enough to head out for a run, so that's what I did. After the rain yesterday, the humidity levels dropped and so did the temps. It was a nice, dry 74 degrees with a light breeze when I headed out at 5:50. I had a really great run. It wasn't just over the top fast (too early for that), but I averaged an 8:34 pace.

I will admit that I am starting to like my solo runs a little bit more. I am learning to pace myself better rather than relying on Jason to pace us. He has all of the fancy gadgets on his watch/shoe. not. I have been trying to watch my heart rate as one gauge (though I realize that does fluctuate) as well as paying more attention to the time at certain points on my route.

After work I was planning to finish up the MMA Kickboxing workout. Instead, I decided to do Shock Cardio HIIT Pyramid and abs. I haven't done any of Cathe's HIIT workouts in a while, and my endurance has definitely gone downhill! Wow. It was a great workout, and I'm so glad I changed my mined. I also stretched really well. My legs were feeling rather tight, almost as if I'd been lifting (not made better by the HIIT workout mind you). Sometimes I forget how strenuous running truly is. I know that probably sounds silly - how can you forget something like that right?

More Grilling

Since the weather was so pleasant today, grilling was a must. We still had plenty of squash, zucchini, new potatoes, and bell peppers to use. Jason picked up some portobellos from the Argenta Market on his way home. I also marinated some tofu in the Strawberry Marinade (recipe) I made on Monday and grilled that to go on the salad.

I did find out a neat trick if you forget to put the potatoes on the grill. Yes, I totally forgot about them. Cut them up and season as you would for grilling. Microwave for approximately 5-6 minutes then put on the grill with heat on high for about 4-5 minutes until crisp. Voila, fast grilled potatoes. 


  1. sounds like an awesome run and weather-wise too! Solo runs well, I guess I've only "known" them that way (unless with Jess sometimes, or a friend), but I find them better for ME because I fear being outpaced or trying to keep up (hell, I would never be able to run with you, you speed demon!! that's just so fast, my idol!). But, I'm glad you're starting to enjoy them!

  2. AnonymousJune 30, 2010

    Oh my goodness, I just caught up on your drama-- ugh!!! I hope it all gets worked out as quickly as possible, girl!

    Those grilled potatoes look mighty tasty!

  3. first of all--you make meatless look GOOD.

    Second--I read on twitter about what happened. In Spain right?! So scary. Amazing how easy it can be done.

    I can't stand running with Sean. He is far too fast for me.

  4. i really enjoy solo workouts. unless its something easy like walking that i can enjoy with someone else, i find that i cant keep my pace if someone runs beside me. its interesting how ur finding ur liking ur solo runs... i think thats normal or at least expected. interesting tho huh!

    xoxo <3

  5. Tricia @ Endurance Isn't Only Physical Thanks girl!

    Jolene @ To Be Determined I like having Jason to help push me, but at the same time, I'm pretty competitive LOL. I am sooooo not fast compared to real runners, but I really appreciate that!

    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg Thanks sweetie - I know it'll all get resolved eventually...sigh.

    Lisa @ I'm an Okie I seriously take your 1st comment as a huge compliment! Thank you. I actually really enjoy running with my hubby, even if he pushes me to the point where I want to knock his head off LOL ;-)

  6. HIIT workouts are great for time crunch but boy are the hard! I guess thats the point, right?
    Oh and I am always super impressed how well TOFU grills. Looks tastier than chicken! Gotta love summer grillin.

  7. i am sooo happy for you that things are under control w. the bank situation! I was sending you good vibes!

    and yes, if you missed a workout (per your comment to me) or something prevented you from your workout, yeah i can see you getting too!!!!


  8. I am all about grilling in the summer. It is just so easy. Everything looks great as usual!
    I hate when I wake up and am up at like every hour. So frustrating.

  9. That grilled tofu is beautiful! I have never gotten mine to char that beautifully. Clearly I'm going to have to try that marinade!

  10. AnonymousJune 30, 2010

    Awesome AM workout! I also sometimes prefer running alone as I set my own pace and get a bit zoned out. Your tofu salad looks tasty, I love the addition of sweetness to it.

  11. go girl on running PLUS HIIT!!!

    and that is an EXCELLENT idea re: potatoes. I have never heard that before?? will have to try that ;)


  12. I use that same trick to make butternut squash fries in a hurry. It really speeds up the process. I'm torn on my preference of running alone or with a pal. I guess it comes down to my mental state that day. If I have a lot going on that I need to sort out, I definitely go solo.

  13. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel I almost always workout solo. I have enjoyed running with my husband though as it's time spent together. Huffing and puffing through conversations about pretty much nothing. It's good for me to get used to running alone though I think.

    Lindsay @ Cotter Crunch I love HIIT workouts and had to sort of scale back there for a while LOL. I think they can be addicting b/c of their efficiency. I think even people who think they don't like tofu would like it grilled.

    Averie @ Loves Veggies and Yoga Thanks for the good vibes love!!!

    Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian Thanks girl - it's probably almost too hot for you to be grilling out though huh????

    Lele @ Lele Lurves Plants Hey girl - I think the sweeter marinades crisp up a bit more. I also grill it a bit longer on a lower heat and don't flip it frequently (that's so tempting though).

    Sarah @ Run Sarah It is nice learning to better set my own pace that's for sure. I don't really totally zone out - I'm practicing that one though b/c I think it could be very calming for me to do so. I have so much chatter in my head LOL.

    Kristina @ Freestyle Fitness Addiction Thanks girl! As for the potatoes - it was a crap shoot that worked LOL!

    Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well. Thanks!! Hope it helps you out in a pinch sometime ;-)

    Lindsay @ Pancakes N Pajamas I've really only run with my husband or solo. I did run with my sister once and that was kind of fun actually as she's just getting into running. Good point about the state of mind.

  14. Seriously you make going meatless look so good, and always make me have thoughts of going meatless!


  15. OK that's a fantastic tater trick:) I can't get enough of those.

    Your workouts sound amazing. Active and fierce!

  16. Um, first of all - I saw your comment to Jo, you are a REAL runner, no two ways about it. So get over that ;) And, you ARE fast, with or without Jason clearly! Nice work on that run! I hear you on your legs feeling tight - mine are always tight after running, especially since I've been running a lot more lately. Crazy how strenuous it is on the whole body huh? From abs all the way down to the toes.

  17. Do you have a grill basket for your veggies?
    We have a friend who used one a couple weeks ago and I loved it.. easy peasy...

  18. I'll say it again, you are the grill master!

  19. AnonymousJuly 01, 2010

    I'm usually a solo runner too, but on my long runs I always love having a buddy with me!

  20. That is an awesome potato tip!!! I am going to do that this weekend with sweet potatoes!!

  21. Um, you ARE a real runner!! Never say that - I always say I'm not a "real" runner, but seriously, you are WAY more "real" than me ;-)

  22. Erica @ Fashion Meets Food I'll take that as a huge compliment!

    Nichole @ Live for the Run Thanks girl - I like active & fierce ;-)

    Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat Humph...Hanging my head now.

    Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie We do have a veggie basket, but rarely use it. I just slice the veggies in large slices and grill directly on the grates then dice up later.

    Sarah @ The Ordinary Vegetarian LOL - thanks girl!

    Madeline@ Greens and Jeans The longest I've run solo is 5 miles. Of course, my longest run has only been 6 LOL.

    Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly Let me know how they turn out - I'd probably nuke the sweet potatoes just a hair less than regular potatoes though. They seem to cook faster I think.

    Jolene @ To Be Determined I guess I don't consider myself a runner b/c I don't just LOVE to run like some people do if that makes sense. Though, I'm starting to enjoy it more.

  23. looks great! interesting tip! I'm very anti-microwave though, I cry whenever I have to use one..(jk.. kind of.)

    nice that you're setting your own pace now. I just started HIIT training, and while it's kicking my butt, I hope it does some good stuff for me.

  24. Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose Hey girl - I actually read something the other day that there are some vegetables that are better microwaved than any other cooking method (in terms of preserving the nutrients). I found that really interesting. I love HIIT workouts. The one I did was plyo-based. But HIIT runs are awesome for increasing speed!

  25. SO happy to hear of the positive outcome of the credit card situation. What a pain in the butt!!
    Love the potato creation- :) Good thinkin'! That dinner looks yummmyyyyy!! & so color ful :)

  26. Glad you had such a great run! And the weather sounds just amazing. I love it when it cools off after a rain.

    Also, 8:34 is fast to me - You're awesome!

    Don't know if you got my reply to your comment on my blog - I won't rewrite it here,but just wanted to say thanks for the support and encouragement. It means so much!

  27. We need to seriously call you the "Grilling Queen" because all your grilled meals looks so FABULOUS!

  28. AnonymousJuly 01, 2010

    love that salad! so scary about the credit card thing-jeez. hope it is all back to normal now.

  29. AnonymousJuly 01, 2010

    wowza that tofu really looks awesome. I have been on such a tofu kick lately, but I guess I do that with a lot of things. You know eat them like every day for a week and then store it away for a month (I think that made sense, ha)

  30. Holly @ Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices Thanks sweetie!

    Candice @ ChiaSeedMe Thank you girl! I appreciate that. I am so inspired by what you're doing! Your comments and support always mean a great deal to me too!

    Bela @ It's Life, Max it Out Haha - I can handle that title. Can I get a tiara too? ;-)

    Kalli @ Fit and Forty Something Not normal yet, but we'll get there thankfully!

    Jill @ My So Called Healthy Life Thanks girl - and I totally understand what you meant ;-)


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