Archive for April, 2008

The 20 Miler

Ok, actually it was 18 – but I’m calling it 20 (and maybe then some) in spirit. I’ll explain.

Because this run wiped. me. out.
::Passes out on the floor, then gets up and continues blogging::

I’ve been having AMAZING runs lately. I’ve been feeling totally strong, running faster than normal with the same effort. So, today I planned my 20 miler with plenty of juice and banana, snacks for afterward, enough water, hell I even brought salt. Everything should have been perfect, except for one little thing:

I was wearing an 8 pound backpack —— Does this seem smart to you?—— I had never worn a pack on a run before, so naturally I thought it would be best to try it out on a 20 mile run. ::Slaps forehead::

Runners, if you’ve never run with a backpack before, I’m going to say this with my fresh firsthand experience – 8 pounds on your back, swinging side to side a little, and up and down a lot, makes a BIG difference. My knees and ankles were killing me. I couldn’t seem to move forward easily, and it only dawned on me 3 miles into the run that the pack was swinging side to side (liquid in sports bottles helping perpetuate this motion), totally throwing off my running economy. I was out of breath at a 12 minute per mile pace, whereas I’m usually at that level of fatigue at a 10-10:15 pace.

So, to make myself feel better about whimping out and not going to 20, with those numbers stated above I’m going to make a pretend estimate according to my perceived exertion level. In reality I finished 18 miles at an average of 13.3 minutes per mile = 4 hours (including some walking). If I had been running without the backpack at the same exertion rate (meaning the 10-10:15 pace), I should have run the same 18 miles in around 3 hours. So add an additional hour of running and I would have come in at 23 miles!

Ha. Don’t you love my logic? So basically, I’m calling it 20 miles. :P So there. I’ve never actually hit the wall before, but I think I came pretty darn close today. My legs are aching and my joints are quite angry with me. Let’s hope nothing is hurt too bad.

I see an ice bath in my near future. Brrr. And some chili. And maybe a nap. Maybe not in that order…

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Ok guys, I’m sitting in my pjs waiting for breakfast to digest a little more and getting antsy. Why you may ask?

Because I’m going to go run 20 miles today.

All week I’ve been totally cool with it. I was calm and collected, even looking forward to it. I caught myself thinking, “I’ll just run out the road 10 miles, turn around and come back, no big.”

But all week the weather was totally gorgeous. Kind of an anomaly for Juneau in the Spring, apparently. Yesterday we were at an end of the year bar-be-que (pics from that later) and it was cold and rained pretty hard on us. When I went to bed last night I could hear the wind howling outside our apartment. I went to bed thinking “I might have to run in that tomorrow…”

It’s still pretty windy outside right now. No rain, yet… The temperature says it’s a balmy 50 degrees though! Warm! (no really, that’s warm) And the clouds look thin, meaning not thick with rain and could possible break up and give me some sun, maybe?

Ok, all this waiting is crap. I’m going to start getting ready and go, damn it. Breakfast be damned.

Wish me luck – I’ll let you know how badly I’m hurting at the end – hehe.

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Oh. My. Goodness.

I thought when I became a vegan that I had said goodbye to ice cream cakes…



not only has a huge dairy free selection of soy and coconut milk based ice creams, they make ice cream cake and ship anywhere in the US. ::Bouncing in my seat::

If anyone ever wanted to know what to get me for my birthday…… ;P

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That’s right folks. Well, it’s been finished for awhile actually — It’s just a rare occasion that I look presentable enough to be photographed :) I’m on the go a lot.

But I have been wearing this magnificent sweater often! So often than I’m a little embarrassed and try to wear it on off days so that the people in my classes don’t see that I’m wearing the same sweater over and over again. It’s extremely comfy, soft, flattering – especially when I wear it with my favorite silver earrings. I have to wear it as much as possible before I go back down south where the weather will definitely not be sweater season anymore for quite some time. Tear.

So here she is!

I got to play model :P

Yes, that’s snow on the ground in April. Alaska is funny like that. :P

I love this shot, except that it make it look like my hands are larger than my head!

Close up of the buttons – loves them.

Pattern: “Magnolia” by Kim Hargreaves, Vintage Knits

Modifications: I slimmed down the waist quite a bit, using the XS waist/bust sizes and the S size for the sleeves. There is a little bit of “pooching” around the shoulder where the sleeve meets (meaning it’s too large for me) but it’s very comfy. The body fits me perfectly, with zero ease, fitted to my exact measurements instead of loose with 3 or 4 inches of ease as in the pattern.

Also, I didn’t want a huge collar, so I didn’t do any of the increases to make it “flower out” — I simply measured how many stitches I would need around and went with it. Then to minimize the bulky seam, I picked up stitches at the collar on the sweater, then grafted the open stitches on the collar ribbed piece together with the body. It turned out very nice.

When I came down for the first time in my sweater, Joe looked at me and went, “Wow!” Made me feel pretty good :) I was nervous about the sweater while I was knitting it. I’ve had too many disasters and disappointments, but I think my luck is turning around.


And now here’s a peek at my other project – Joe’s birthday present. The companion cube has a sweater :)

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But damn it feels good to be a gangsta. Um, I mean, “Runna”

I ran 17 miles… on a treadmill. That’s pretty hardcore, in my opinion hehe. Actually, maybe not. I was entertained the whole way with a tv all to myself. I watched a tv movie, a detective program, informercials, celebrity gossip, and more I’m sure. I felt really strong though. It was fantastic. My legs were getting heavy toward the end, but my heart and lungs weren’t lagging. Hooray! Last year it was the other way around, where my legs were good to go, but I was out of breath (due to anemia, now fixed by taking regular iron pills). Though I’m kind of waddling around today, hehe. But I’m a runnin’ machine now. The San Diego Rock’n’Roll marathon is on June 1 and I will be ready!

My 17 miler was scheduled for this weekend and I usually do my long run on Saturday (recover on Sunday) but I worked two 12 hour days in a row on Friday and Saturday, so long run was no go. I spent 12 hours both days proctoring an Engineering exam (ELSES) and sat on my butt knitting and reading – the entire time. Even the comfiest chairs get uncomfy after 12 hours. But that’s a lot of good pay for us – this is going to pay for our beach house vacation!

Our school year in Juneau, Alaska is coming to a close. I’m kind of sad about it, but it’s been a great year. Fantastic, in fact. But when we go to San Diego we’ll be looking forward to renting a beach house for a few days or a week with our friends. I’ve always wanted to do that, and now that we’re adults with semi-regular incomes we can finally do it!

I’m almost done with Magnolia – I meant to finish it so much sooner, but work and school get in the way sometimes. I’m sewing the final sleeve cap right now, then all that’s left are the buttons! I will have pics for you soon :)

Hope you all had a great weekend :)


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Vegan Taco Salad

This is a dish Joe remembers from our pre-vegan days that he just couldn’t get enough of. It’s made with ground seitan. We opted not to put Tofutti sour cream or vegan cheese over it, but it would taste great I’m sure. This is a simple meal. We had oranges for dessert – it was a very colorful and healthful meal. And obviously as this is such a simple meal, the ingredients can be more or less to your taste :)

Vegan Taco Salad

Serves 2

1 cup ground seitan*
2 tsp taco seasoning
2 Tbsp olive oil

4 cups fresh greens
1/3 cup olives
1/2 cup diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)

Saute the ground seitan with the oil and taco seasoning for 2 minutes.
Sprinkle all ingredients over a bed of greens. Serve from one large bowl or individually.

*Seitan (Recipe adapted from Vegan Vittles)

1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp Mrs. Dash garlic and herb
1 Tbsp vegan vegetable broth powder

1 cup water
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine all dry ingredients and wet separately, then combine all ingredients until completely mixed. The seitan dough should be tough and very elastic/rubbery. Let the dough rest a few minutes before pressing and stretching it out to be about 1/2 inch thick. Place onto an oiled baking sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes.
After taking it out of the oven, place the seitan into a sealed container, or cover it with a large bowl, while it cools to retain its moisture.

Once cool, tear the seitan into chunks and grind it up in a food processor. Don’t let the chunks get too small; this should resemble big ground beef chunks.

Seitan keeps in the fridge for about a week and a couple months in the freezer.

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10k baby, yeah!

I ran my first 10k over the weekend! Hoorah! I think I’m doing my races backwards – I’ve already done a marathon, isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? :P

Me in front of the glacier before the race

Johanna workin’ it! hee hee

Koolhaas hat sighting!
Bundled up and ready to go!
Ha, I tell you, we’re two of a kind – I’m so glad I found someone as goofy as me up here :)

There were a lot of people there – I had no idea there were so many runners in Juneau.

Johanna and I ran it way too fast and it was great. Apparently the runners in Juneau are all incredibly fast and we tried to keep up. Oops.

We ended up limping and crawling the final mile to the finish. Ha, not really, but it felt like it. DANG starting out fast sapped our energy so fast. So while there are lots of pics of us being excited before the race, there aren’t any afterward.

In fact, we were supposed to finish with 5 extra miles to complete our long run for the weekend – but we went shopping instead. We’re dedicated I tell you. But I got a really cute jacket :)

Today I only ran 3 miles and it was a total breeze. Got 17 miles this weekend, wish me luck! I think Johanna might accompany on the bike, we’ll see :)

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