Birthday Weekend

Last weekend was my birthday weekend and the weather was beautiful! Saturday I saw it get up as high as 58 degrees and Sunday I saw it get to 55 degrees! I was loving the weather and wanted to be outside as much as possible!

Friday was my birthday and that night Adam and I went to see the Syracuse Crunch play the Binghamton Senators. My work gave away over 200 tickets for the game to local fire fighters and we were lucky enough to get tickets as well! It was a lot of fun!

After the game, we went to a local bar called Wolff’s Biergarten to hang out. It is a German style pub. They offer a free boot of beer on your birthday. The boot holds 2 liters of beer! They fill it with Hofbrau Munchen Original which is a pale lager. You do not have to finish the boot in order to get it for free, you do have to give them your license and a $40 deposit incase you break the glass or try to steal the boot. Adam and I shared the boot while we watched some basketball and played a couple games of darts. I managed to win both games of darts we played! It took about 3 hours to finish the beer. The male record time for finishing the boot is 17 seconds! The female record is about 2 minutes and 41 seconds. I cannot imagine drinking it that quickly!! The bartender showed us the video of the guy who drank it in 17 seconds and he didn’t even have any beer dripping down his chin!

    

     

    

I must say, that was the latest I had been up in a very long time!! We got home about 1:30 AM and attempted to watch Top Chef, but mostly fell asleep on the couch. 🙂

Saturday morning Adam made crepes! They were delicious! They were filled with whipped cream, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries and raspberries.

    

 

We went for a 7 mile run at the canal with Porter. It was a beautiful day for a run and it felt so great to get out and get some fresh air! It was nice to see quite a few people out enjoying the nice weather.

We went to Clark Reservation State Park and did some hiking. Clark Reservation is a glacial lake with lots of amazing rocks you walk across, rugged cliffs and a 175 ft overlook. This was our first time at the reservation and I look forward to going again soon! There are lots of trails to choose from. Most of the trails are pretty short, but you can link them together and make longer hiking trails. We hiked about 2 miles altogether.

    

After hiking, we went to 1911 Distillery in Lafayette, NY to have a drink, listen to some live music and enjoy the view! It was very relaxing listening to the music. I had a Moscow Mule made with their house made vodka. They use their locally grown apples to ferment and make into vodka. Adam had one of their hard ciders. Both were delicious! The view was amazing! In the fall, we usually pick apples at their orchard.

    

We had dinner at Notch 8 Cafe & Bar. I loved the atmosphere there! The décor was really neat. I had the Roasted Beet Salad with mixed baby greens, feta, grilled apple/cranberry compote, roasted thin beet slices with an IPA vinaigrette. Adam had the Big Caboose Burger which had black angus ground beef, pulled pork, fried egg, crispy onion, smoked bacon jam, cheddar and lettuce with sweet potato fries. Both were delicious! Adam’s burger was very big and juicy! I won’t lie, I ended up liking his meal a little better. 🙂

    

After dinner we went over to our friend’s house and played Cards Against Humanity. There were about 10 of us playing! By the time the winner got 10 black cards, I had only gotten 1!

We went home and had some of the Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake Adam made for my birthday. It was amazing!

Sunday we ran 4.2 miles outside. Then we showered up and went to Ithaca to hike one of the waterfalls. It was another gorgeous day! A couple years ago Adam and I discovered that Ithaca has many waterfalls in the area with great hiking trails around them to explore. We are trying to get to them all. Sunday we brought Porter along and hiked Potter’s Fall on Six Mile Creek. Most of the hike was easy going walking trails. There were a few parts that were challenging and muddy. There were so many amazing views along the trail!

    

    

    

    

Afterwards, we met my mom and aunt at Viva Taqueria for an early dinner. The food was fantastic! I had the Chicken Mole Burrito. It was very filling and delicious! I would definitely go there again.

We had a busy weekend! We stayed up much later than usual for us each night and was able to get a lot of great exercise in due to the amazing weather. So we went home to relax for the night!

 

 

 

Celebrating Grandma No No on her Birthday!

My Grandma and I at my brother’s wedding.

Today would have been my Grandmother’s 97th birthday. Sadly, she passed away last April and wont be here to celebrate this day. There are two ways I could approach today. I could be sad that she’s not here to wish happy birthday, eat cake with and celebrate with. I’m choosing to celebrate her life today and be happy that we were able to have such a close relationship.

Gnome kisses while my cousin steals my candy!

From as early as I can remember, my grandma was my babysitter. Sometimes she would come to our house to watch us, but most often we would go to hers. She took us to school, picked us up and watched us when we didn’t have school. She would braid my hair and make sure we were dressed. She fed us breakfast, lunch and dinner if necessary. We drank tea and watched soap opera’s together. I was her informant, telling her what my brother and cousins were up to and tattling if they were doing something they shouldn’t have been doing.

My Grandma always had a beautiful garden. She has such a green thumb!

My favorite memory was eating cut up bananas covered with cinnamon and sugar while watching Guiding Light together. She LOVED soap operas and got really into them! She would watch them from 11AM until Oprah came on at 4PM. They kept her very entertained.

Eating dessert of course!

Just like she helped me when I was younger, I was able to reciprocate and help her as she got older. When I got my license I began taking my Grandma to get groceries and where ever she needed to go when I was in town. When she began needing someone with her at all times, I would volunteer to help my mom and aunt whenever I could.

Adam, Grandma and I at Christmas!

Today I’ll be thinking of her a lot and all of the memories we shared together. I definitely inherited her sweet tooth. 🙂 So I will plan on having a donut for breakfast in her memory. I may also try putting together a puzzle or clogging- which she always talked about but never really showed me what it was. One of her greatest qualities was the ability to make people laugh. There’s truly something special about those who can put a smile on your face! She didn’t always tell you what you wanted to hear- but she always told you the truth the way she saw it.

This is my Grandma who was born on 1/25/1920 and my nephew, Andrew who was born on 1/25/2015. <3

In the end of her life she always asked if she could go home, no matter where she was. Even if she was home. I hope she made it home. I hope she’s happy.

Week 2 Marathon Training + Running Fuel

Yesterday officially wrapped up week 2 of my marathon training. I was so happy that we had great weather in upstate New York for January! I was able to run mostly outside.

Monday- 3.1 Miles on the treadmill
Tuesday- 6.3 Miles on the treadmill
Wednesday- 6.1 Miles outside
Thursday- 5.5 Miles outside
Friday-Rest Day
Saturday- 7.0 Miles outside
Sunday- 4.2 Miles outside

On Wednesday I was able to run with Adam and Porter in the morning before work. It is hard getting up so early, but knowing you can have a family run AND get your workout completed before work is very motivating for me! When I wait to run after work, I’m more likely to find excuses throughout the day not to work out.

About 3 miles into our run, I tripped and fell. I scraped up my hand and both knees. Luckily, I was wearing pants, two layers of long sleeve shirts and gloves so my skin was mostly protected. The areas that hit the ground stung for about ten minutes after. I still managed to make it another 3.1 miles. I felt so good for not giving up! When I got home I made sure to clean the cuts well.

On Thursday, my right knee that got the worse of it was pretty sore to walk and run on. It was a tiny bit swollen. I really wanted to keep it moving and not let it get stiff. I ran a lot slower that morning.

Friday was my rest day. However, I walked on the treadmill in the morning and I took Porter for a walk after work. It was a pretty relaxing day- workout wise. It’s good to take rest days, although, sometimes I get into the groove and don’t want to.

Saturday, we went to the Erie Canal for our run! It was a beautiful day. It got up to 58 degrees! I could have ran all day! But we had other things we wanted to do, so we capped it at 7 miles.

Last week I added sit-ups to my morning routine. I did 45 regular crunches, and 45 side crunches on each side. My stomach felt it by mid-week! On Friday, Porter wanted to help me with my sit-ups. He’s too cute!

All week I was loving eating oatmeal for breakfast! This bowl has oatmeal, Chocolate P2B, chia seeds, about a tablespoon of maple syrup, 1/4 C unsweetened vanilla coconut milk and bananas.

We roasted a pumpkin earlier in the week, so some of my oatmeal had, pumpkin, chia seeds, cinnamon, about a tablespoon of maple syrup, and 1/4 C unsweetened vanilla coconut milk. Both were delicious and very filling! What do you like to eat after a hard workout?

Beginning of My Birthday Week

It is tradition in our house to have a birthday week. The week and starts and ends in any 7 day period that surrounds your birthday. The birthday person gets to choose when they want their birthday week to start and end. This year, I chose for my birthday week to start on Saturday 1/14 and end the following Saturday. During your birthday week the other person does things to make the week extra special, you don’t have to cook or doing any cleaning if you don’t want to!

Friday we had date night! We went to the mall and did a little looking around and some shopping. Then we had dinner at Gordon Biersch. I had a delicious Grapefruit Moscow Mule. It was super refreshing. We split an order of the garlic fries. Those are something everyone around you must eat if you’re going to have some. Otherwise you will be the only person reeking of garlic! Then I had the California Cobb Flatbread. I took most of the flatbread home because I was so full from the fries!

We went to Revolutions for some bowling! It was our first time there and I look forward to going again! Besides bowling, they have darts, ping pong and shuffle board. They have lots of projectors, projecting different sports, and a couple bars. The place is HUGE! I’m excited to go again sometime! Adam won all three games we played, but I got better as we played!

Saturday we did a lot of house stuff. We did laundry, cleaned, started fixing up the closet in the guest bedroom, and went grocery shopping and to Home Depot to get additional supplies needed to finish the project. I also ran and did some reading. Porter and I ran 6 miles outside. He loves running in this weather!

Sunday morning I started looking at different events that are hosting century bike events around NY and the surrounding states. Right now we are considering doing either the NYC Century or the Harpoon Point to Point Ride. Both look like great events! This will be our first time doing a 100 road bike event.

Adam and Porter joined me for my run on Sunday outside. We ran 7.3 miles. The sun was out and shinning and some points during the run, but the wind was cold!

After we got cleaned up and had lunch we went to Stout Beard Brewery. They recently re-did their tap room so we wanted to check it out! It looked really nice! They had five beers on tap, so we split a flight. My favorite was their Black Ben Wheat.

Then we went downtown to ice skate. I was nervous because I have not gone ice skating in a few years. After about 15 minutes I got the hang of it. Until I got more comfortable, it gave me a great excuse to hold Adam’s hand while we skated. 😉 Once it got a little bit darker, the Christmas tree and surrounding Christmas lights looked beautiful surrounding the ice. We skated for over an hour. Then it was time to go home and warm up!

Adam baked a chicken we had. We had the chicken for dinner last night and then the rest of the chicken will be used later in the week to make Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup. I haven’t had this recipe yet, but it looks delicious and will be perfect to warm us up on these cold winter nights!

This morning Porter and I walked about 3 miles while I drank my coffee and listened to a podcast. It was very relaxing and a great way to wake up. Once we got back I jumped on the treadmill for 3.1 miles. Monday is usually a rest day for my training, but I think I want to take a rest day later in the week when my schedule gets busier, so I ran this morning. We are going into week 2 of marathon training.

What did you do fun this weekend? Do you have any birthday traditions you carry out with your family?

Friday the 13th

Hope you all had a great week and are ready for the weekend! Hopefully you didn’t incur any bad luck on this Friday the 13th!

Any exciting plans for the weekend? Tonight Adam and I are having a date night, I have a run each day planned, painting a closet and building shelves for the closet to make it more useable space and relaxing of course!

This week I managed to run twice outside! I was super excited to be able to run outside and not freeze! Here was my running week:

Monday- Rest and recover day
Tuesday –  6.1 Miles-Treadmill; 11:20 average pace
Wednesday- 4.5 Miles-Treadmill; 11:32 average pace
Thursday- 6.3 Miles-Outside; 9:39 average pace
Friday-4.5 Miles-Outside; 9:32 average pace

I run much faster outside and you get the variation of running up and down hills which is better training for me. Do you run faster on a treadmill or outside? I always thought it would be the opposite, that it would be easier to run on a treadmill because there are no obstacles, no hills that can be challenging and no sharp turns to slow you down.

On Thursday, I ran with Adam and Porter. So that time included Porter’s real and fake bathroom stops. Sometimes he just likes to stop and smell the world around him! The temperature was amazing for running on Thursday! It was about 48 degrees when we woke up! I’m glad we took advantage of the nice weather.

Friday the temperature had dropped and was about 33 degrees when I woke up. But it felt so good on Thursday, I decided to layer up and go for it! For Christmas, our family got us these awesome hats to wear when running in the cold and darkness! It kept me nice and warm this morning and I felt good that it made me more visible to those around me. It’s important to make sure you are easily seen! We also wear these reflective vests when running and walking the dog in the early morning.

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Cold Season Recovery

Hello hello hello! I hope you all had a good weekend and beginning of the week! My house has officially been punched in the face by the cold/flu season. Adam slowly got it last week and his symptoms got worse as we went into the weekend. Friday and Saturday was all about resting and getting better for him. I thought I was avoiding it completely, until I woke up Sunday feeling not-so-great. Yesterday I felt awful all day and today I am finally starting to feel a bit better. I feel really dry now though. Trying to push as many fluids in as possible, making sure to take my vitamins and Airborne Immune Support Supplement. Have you gotten a cold this season? How did you get rid of it? I was suppose to give blood today, but had to cancel because I wasn’t feeling good. I rescheduled to give in a couple weeks. Did you know that January is National Blood Donor Month?

On Saturday I got a great run in on the treadmill. It felt good not to have any plans and be able to spend as much time as I wanted doing a work out. During the week I usually workout in the morning, so I have to stop at a certain time in order to get ready for work. I ran 6.3 miles and then did some sit-ups, squats, and push ups.

After my run, we made a yummy brunch. I had 2 eggs over easy, an English muffin, ham and butternut squash. Delicious!

On Sunday we went on a walk at the Erie Canal. It was lightly snowing and everything looked so beautiful outside! We walked about 5 miles. Porter loved smelling the tracks of people and animals who walked that path before us.

When we got back we decided to try to sweat out some of our cold! Adam ran on the treadmill while I rowed. We watched Top Chef while we worked out. That show can be pretty addicting!

Today I started marathon training! This morning I did 6 miles on the treadmill before work. It was hard to breath due to my cold, but felt good to get a sweat on. I had the chills this morning, so getting heated up was nice. I have run out of shows that I’m interested in on Hulu and Netflix. I’m kind of a picky show chooser. I watched 1.5 shows of Nashville this morning. It was okay, but I could be easily swayed to something else. Any recommendations?

Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

If you know me, you know I have a true love for food! Some days I get my motivation to workout from thinking about what I want to eat that day. The more I exercise, the less guilty I feel when I treat myself. Life is all about balance.

Last night I made a fall/winter favorite in our house enchilada stuffed spaghetti squash. Here is the recipe I use, of course you can change any ingredients you may like.

Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:
-2 Chicken Breasts           -1 Spaghetti Squash
-Olive Oil                           -Cayenne Pepper
-Hot Chili Powder            -Garlic Powder
-Black Pepper                   -1 Can Black Beans
-1 Cup Cooked Quinoa    -1 Cup Frozen Corn
-1 Can Red Enchilada Sauce   -1/2 of a Diced Onion
-1 Cup Salsa                      – Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

  • Cut a spaghetti squash and cut it in half. Scrape out the seeds and rub a little olive oil on the inside. I put a little cayenne on the inside of mine because I like spicy food, but it’s optional. Put the squash in the oven at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. When it’s done it should be soft on the inside.
  • Season two chicken breasts. I used a cayenne olive oil, cayenne pepper, hot chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper. Cook at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.
  • To make the filing mix the 1 can of black beans, 1 cup of cooked quinoa, 1 cup frozen corn, 1 can enchilada sauce, 1/2 of a diced onion, 1 cup salsa.
  • When the chicken breasts are cooked, chop them up and add the chicken to the filling mixture.
  • Put the filling inside of the spaghetti squash.
  • Top with Monterey Jack shredded cheese.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes. Turn on the broiler and leave in for about 1-2 more minutes.
  • Serve!

 

This meal usually lasts us for 2 nights. The leftovers are just as good! We have done this recipe with chicken, ground turkey and ground beef before. You can use different cheese or beans if you like, add cilantro or peppers, skies the limit! This makes for a delicious, filling and healthy meal!

Sorry, I was so excited to eat it I forgot to take a picture of the final product. 🙂 It was yummy though!

Hope your having a great weekend!

Finding motivation

Hope you are all having a good week!

As we continue through the week and head towards the weekend I keep thinking of my marathon training that we’re starting on Monday. Mondays are actually rest days according to the schedule, so it will really start on Tuesday. I am hoping that we have warmer weather and can start running outside for most of the runs. Yesterday the wind was crazy and I wanted no part in being outside! It was garbage/recycling day in our neighborhood and when I got home from work there were garbage cans and recycling bins all over the road and in people’s yards.

On New Years Day, Adam and I had an awesome run outside! The sun was shining and we completed 8 miles together. Porter loved getting exercise with us! He is so cute, sometimes he will run right next to us and look up at us from time to time. I’m not sure if he’s checking on how we’re doing and thanking us for getting him out. I’ll go with both?

Before our run, I really didn’t feel like running on the treadmill for another day. I talked Adam into doing a “short run” outside and then if we didn’t want to continue we could finish inside. Whenever I don’t have the motivation to exercise I always tell myself that I will just do it for a shortened period of time and then if I’m not into it I will stop. The majority of the time I continue to get my full workout in rather than stopping short. I just know will feel better if I do something rather than regretting it later.

I try to change up my workouts to give myself something different to look forward to and stop myself from getting bored. In the winter in addition to running, I row and find YouTube workouts that I like. I usually do Jillian Michaels workouts on YouTube, but I have done different Zumba and yoga videos.

What are things you enjoy to stay active throughout the winter months?

New Year New Goals!

As we all begin this new year, people begin to think of how they can improve their lives to make 2017 the best year yet. Some people like to call these new ideas resolutions and some like to call them goals. Whatever you call it, I hope you not only decide on what you want to do but how you’re going to implement those ideas into your everyday life and stick with it! I think it’s important not to make goals or resolutions too hard that it takes you too far out of your comfort zone. You may feel ambitious at the beginning of the year and fall short of reaching your goals which leads to feeling disappointed. Remember, it’s much easier to talk about doing something than actually doing it. However, I do believe that talking about your goals and sharing them with your friends and family makes you more likely to complete your objective. Continuously talking about it makes you continue to feel motivated to do it. If you’ve told everyone your going to do it you don’t want to go back and tell them you didn’t.

The goals I would like to accomplish this year are:

  • Complete a century ride
    Ever since Adam and I did a fundraiser road bike challenge I have wanted to complete a century ride. We had the option to do it during that challenge, but it was my first summer riding and I didn’t know if I would like road biking or how challenging 100 miles would be. Now that I know I enjoy road biking and have completed 75 miles in one day, I feel comfortable making the step up to 100 miles in one day.
  • Walk/hike one new trail every month
    There are so many great trails throughout New York State and I have only walked/hiked a small amount of them. It is so much fun to explore new areas. If you have any hiking trails you have loved in New York, let me know I would love some recommendations! I have a few trails on my bucket list for this year.
  • Try one new restaurant per month
    I’m stealing this goal from some of our friends who had this as a goal last year, I just love the idea of it! Adam and I don’t often eat out and when we do it’s a lot of fun to try a new place. The Syracuse area has a ton of restaurants we’ve never been to. We’ll take turns each month picking where to go.

That’s it! I didn’t want to have too many goals that I would forget them. I also wanted to make sure they were fun and enjoyable. When Adam and I talked about our goals the other day we wrote them down and stuck it on the fridge so we can see throughout the year.

On Monday we walked a new trail. We took Porter for a walk downtown and did the Syracuse Creekwalk. It’s not a hiking trail per say, but it was a really nice trail through the city. We walked just under 3 miles each way. Before we started the walk we stopped at Freedom of Espresso to get some coffee to keep us warm as we walked. I really enjoyed the trail. Along the trail they have some signs to tell you about the history of the area that you are walking by. It was chilly, so we kept walking to keep warm. In the summer I would like to do the walk again and read the information on the signs and take our time along the trail. They even have QR codes you can scan with your phone and it will pull up a video to get the information that way. I thought that was really neat!

So I already have January’s trail completed! Now what new restaurant should we try first? So many options!

What are your goals for 2017? How do you plan on reaching your goals? Are they goals that you set up to accomplish with someone or by yourself?

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you!

I hope that you all had a very happy and safe new years eve last night with your friends and loved ones! I had a very relaxing and adventurous day! I woke up early to enjoy a nice quiet cup of coffee and catch up on email and look around on the internet. We got a little bit of snow over night, so Porter and I went outside to shovel before going for a walk. It was so peaceful out! We ran into Porter’s favorite neighbor while he was walking his dog, Brooklyn. Porter is very much a people person and loves seeing people, but we have one neighbor he gets particularly excited about seeing. I think it has something to do with all of the treats he gets when we run into him. 🙂

Once we got back I had some cereal and jumped on the treadmill for 5.3 miles. I want to try to run outside even when it’s chilly to get more use to it. When we start marathon training, it will take too long for Adam and I do separately run on the treadmill for some of the longer runs. So it will be important to run outside. However, it was pretty slippery. There was lots of snow on the roads and some ice patches. Better to be safe than sorry, so inside it was! I watched Whiskey Tango Foxtrot while I ran. I love Tina Fey!

Adam and I went out to Highland Forest for a horse drawn sleigh ride. They are doing sleigh rides every Saturday and Sunday thru February as long as there’s snow. It’s first come first serve and when we got there at 2:30 they were already booked for the day. We had brought coffee with us, so we just enjoyed it while looking at the amazing views.

Then we drove to Chittenango Falls to look at the falls and take a short hike. We had planned to hike the Gorge Trail which goes down along the falls and has a bridge that gives an amazing view of the falls, but we found it was closed due to icy conditions.

We found a couple other trails that we didn’t know existed. It was a lot of fun exploring these new trails. We wouldn’t have even found them, had it not been for the tracks we found in the snow. It was so peaceful out. The freshly fallen snow was beautiful. We could hear a few birds chirping and enjoyed listening to the flowing stream that wrapped around the trail we were taking. We were the only ones at the park when we started. By the end of our hike it was starting to get dark out. We were ready to get a drink at one of the local breweries and warm up from the cold!

We went to Empire Farmstead Brewery. When we got there, they were just about to give their last brewery tour of the day so we hopped on the tour to check it out! Our tour guide had a lot of great information about the history of Empire Brewery, their brew process and ways they are trying to utilize sustainable resources.

After the tour we enjoyed some of their beer! I had a sample size glass of their Deep Purple which is a pilsner base with NYS Concord grapes. I also had their Apple Harvest Ale which they made in collaboration with a local apple orchard, BEAK & SKIFF ORCHARD. They used fresh pressed cider from Empire and Honeycrisp apples. I also had a sample size glass of their roasted pumpkin ale which they brew with pumpkins from a local farm just down the road. The Deep Purple was my favorite of the night!

Next we went just around the corner to The Brewster Inn for dinner. The Brewster Inn is an elegant inn right on Cazenovia Lake. It was beautifully decorated for the holidays inside. We were seated right next to the stunning fireplace. I loved the cozy atmosphere. They were serving a select menu which offered a four course meal. All of the food was delicious and I was happily stuffed afterwards.

This is a ruby red stacked salad with pistachios and Lively Run goat’s milk feta.
This is their delicious Colorado Rack of Lamb with a potato terrine & a rosemary mint chimichurri.
This was a warm bread pudding with candied cranberries and eggnog ice cream on the side.

After dinner we went home to watch the ball drop! We made it home at about 11:30, so we had just a short time to put some comfy clothes on, get the champagne ready and cuddle up on the couch.

What did you do for New Years Eve?