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Group Run Recap
Well, I must say that I am very happy that we went on the run with the group from Go! Running. The turnout was apparently larger than normal (average 10-15, with about 30 last night) most likely because of the enticing giveaways: free pair of Brooks shoes and a free Nightlife Brooks Jacket. Oh, and we all got 20% off any Brooks Nightlife Apparel - hello new shirts and shorts!

It was a 4-mile route through a really nice, older neighborhood. Though, many of the old bungalows have been torn down with newer, larger homes erected in their place. But still, it's an old, established neighborhood - with lots of freaking hills. We got started and it was slow and choppy with everyone trying to settle into groups based on pace. Once that worked itself out, it was much better. I swear, 4 miles has never gone so quickly. I really wanted to keep running! If we had known the route, Jason and I would have likely added on 2 miles (or I wanted to anyway).

Neither of us won the giveaways, but that's ok. I hope we'll be able to join them again next Tuesday.

Late Dinner
We didn't get home until close to 7:30, so dinner was a bit after 8 pm, which is very very very late for us. I typically go up to bed to read at 9 pm. It's not ideal to do so on a full tummy. So I did have a hard time getting to sleep. That will be the only downfall of doing that run.

But, at least I had dinner pretty much ready minus the "fries" on the side. We had the Red Bean & Quinoa Burgers I made on Monday topped with a vegan cheeze (Vegan Rella I believe), BBQ sauce and some leftover Carrot & Cabbage Slaw.


Red Bean & Quinoa Burgers

Ingredients:
1/2 cup cooked red quinoa
1 can red beans, rinsed and drained
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp warm water)
1 carrot finely grated
Oatmeal flour (to desired consistency of patties, approximately 1/4 cup)
To taste: salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder, dried onions, chili powder, splash of liquid smoke

Directions:
In large bowl, smash beans very well. Then combine remaining ingredients. Form into patties (made 4 large patties) and bake on prepared baking sheet at 400 degrees for approximately 45 minutes (or until firm) flipping once.


Lunchtime Run
Today turned out to be a gorgeous, near 80-degree day. Though it started out a chilly 46! I couldn't pass up a run at lunch, but totally underestimated the wind status. Wind aside, I had a nice 4-mile run at a pretty good clip. I knew I was pushing myself a bit, but didn't realize until the end: 7:52 pace average. I was pretty happy with that. I still have a very difficult time judging my pace unless Jason is there with his gadgets to tell me. Though, sometimes not knowing can be a good thing. I may have tried to slow down a bit had I realized what my pace really was.

Do you find that sometimes you do better not knowing how hard you're really pushing? Or do you need to know in order to push harder?

Happy Hour Sounds Better
I'll be honest, today was one of those days when I thought a happy hour was so much more preferable to another workout. I really am needing a rest day, but am trying to get my workouts in before Seattle because I don't know what I'll be able to do there. I know, I know, I know. This is silly, stupid, irrational. I also need to finish packing and that's stressing me out a bit. So working out is a great stress reliever and diversion (also procrastination tactic).

In the end, I was a good girl and hit the weights and resumed packing. Today I did back and chest and light legs as I've not done legs in a while (hanging head).

TS#1
Flat bench chest flyes - 3x6
Pullovers - 3x6
Squats - 2x16

TS#2
Flat bench chest press - 3x8
Underhand rows - 3x8
Plie squats - 2x16

TS#3
Incline chest flye - 3x10
Double-arm rows - 3x10
Deadlifts - 2x10

TS#4
Incline chest press - 3x12
Rear flyes - 3x12
Rear slide back lunges - 2x12

Calf raises - 2x30
Weighted donkey kicks - 2x20

It turned out to be a better workout than I was anticipating. If for some reason I wake up with crazy energy tomorrow, I'll do an easy cardio, otherwise, I'll let it be my rest day and try not to worry about whether or not I'll get in any workouts while in Seattle.

Fajitas for Fast Dinner
Tonight Jason threw together some veggie fajitas for a fast meal. We had some bell peppers of varying colors to use along with squash and seitan. It was all sauteed and seasoned with salt, pepper, cumin, lemon juice, chili powder, and garlic powder. Super simple.

I opted out of pictures in lieu of getting the post done so I could finish some chores and packing. I don't want the house to be a disaster for my sister. I still have lots of laundry to fold and put away. I also need to figure out how on earth to get my stuff to fit into a carry-on. Seriously not thinking that's going to happen when I look at my piles of clothes. Plus, gotta have room for purchases made there right??

Happy hump day friends - we're officially on the downhill slide to the weekend!

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