Jul 31, 2013

Posted by Jo W. 7/31/2013
Do you like having pals, getting mail, and eating food? Then you should join Foodie Pen Pals! I just joined, and I can't wait to get a foodie package!

How it works:

You sign up before the 5th of each month, and you get paired with a penpal. Send your pal a box full of goodies, spending no more than $15 by the 15th of the month. Share the package you received on Lean Green Bean at the end of the month!

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Posted by Jo W. 7/31/2013
Remember those blackberries I picked yesterday?

Although I eat them straight up, of course I had to make them into something delicious. So I decided to make scones this morning. This is one of the best decisions I've made all morning. I'm enjoying one right now with some earl grey.

Second breakfast FTW

Since I am a nice person, I will share my recipe with you :)

Jul 30, 2013

Posted by Jo W. 7/30/2013
It's blackberry season!!! One of my favorite things about living here are the farms in the nearby agricultural reserve of Montgomery County, MD. I go to a pick-your-own farm for strawberries, blackberries, apples, and pumpkins throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The blackberries are just starting to ripen and the season has not yet peaked, so they were mostly red and unripe, still. I picked about 1.5 pounds of 'em and ate about 2 pounds. 

 They look so irresistible, I couldn't stop eating them! The really soft, ripe ones were so sweet, but I ate as many sour, not-too-ripe ones as well.

Most are still red and white-ish. Gotta come back later in the season.

I am planning on making blackberry scones, but I am so full right now, I can't think about making food, let alone look at it. 

After blackberry picking, I went to another farm market to get some heirloom tomatoes, a dozen ears of corn, and cheese. The cheddar cheese is amazing. The flavor is really strong and sharp.I also got some banana peppers, which I'll probably toss in a salad. Pretty good haul of produce, and directly from the farm, too :)

For lunch, my friends and I decided to go to this little hole in the wall taco shop. I heard good things about this place and have been meaning to go for years, but I didn't for some reason. It's not even that far from my house. It's in an unassuming corner, just outside of a posh shopping and restaurant area, located inside a gas station/liquor store/taco bar. 

Since it was my first time, I had no idea how large the tacos were and ordered two. One pastor (pork and pineapple) and one lengua (tongue).

As you can see, their tacos are overstuffed with meat. They also doubled up on the tortillas, so your tacos can multiply by a factor of two. There was no way I could have picked up a taco as is.

 They had a salsa bar, with hot salsa, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, fresh cilantro, both fresh and pickled onions and jalapenos, and a lot more. I loaded my tacos up and dug in. I must say, this place probably can't compare to the many taco places in Mexico and California, but for my area, these tacos are quite good and very reasonably priced. There is a lack of taco places here, and Mexican restaurants sell them at well over $3 for a dinky taco. Although this place wasn't knock-your-socks-off amazing, for the price, it's an absolute amazing deal. Tacos are only $2.69 (lengua is $3.10), and one taco is enough for me for lunch. That's a $2.69 lunch! I finished my two tacos today, but it was wayyyy too much food and I am wayyy stuffed.

I am coming back here. Maybe on Sunday, after my half marathon ;)

Posted by Jo W. 7/30/2013
Ran 5.65 miles this morning at an average pace of 8:00 min/mile.

It was a gorgous 60 degrees this morning. 

I walked for about 1.5 miles after my run, cause I felt like it.

And now I'm drinking some Irish Breakfast tea and bloggin'. I'm going to the farm to pick blackberries this morning. Maybe make some pie. Or scones. Or muffins. I can't decide!

Jul 29, 2013

Posted by Jo W. 7/29/2013
Run Fast Eat Lots is now on Twitter!

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Jul 28, 2013

Posted by Jo W. 7/28/2013
I'm just curious as to how many calories I eat. Here's everything I ate today:

Breakfast #1:
- Whole wheat sourdough pancakes
- 2/3 cup pineapple
- peach preserves
- iced coffee

Breakfast #2:
- 2 slices French toast w/ agave nectar
- 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup pineapple
- peach preserves

- quarter lb. burger on challah bun with arugula, tomato, blue cheese, grilled onion
- spinach salad (spinach, tomato, artichoke, capers, vinaigrette)

- 4 potstickers
- 3 wontons
- 1 Chinese chive turnover
- Sriracha sauce
- beer (New Belgium Trippel)

I tallied up the calories on loseit.com and everything totaled about 2,600 calories. I had to guestimate on a few things since the potstickers, wontons, and turnover were homemade. According to a few sources, I should be eating around 2,200- 2,600 calories a day for my height, weight, and activity level. Hooray, I ate enough today :)

Posted by Jo W. 7/28/2013
I have been training hard lately for the upcoming fall racing season. I have a few target events:

1) Riley's Rumble Half Marathon

GOAL: I am running this hilly course as a training run, so my only goal is to keep myself together and enjoy a local race (right near my house!)

2) Rock n' Roll Philly Half Marathon

GOAL: beat my current PR of 1:52, I am aiming for under 1:50

3) Back Roads Century

GOAL: complete my first century ride! (100 miles of road biking) I want to thoroughly enjoy the fantastic scenery of the country roads in Virginia and West Virginia

4) Marine Corps Marathon

GOAL: Complete my first marathon (!!!) in around 4 hours

5) Turkey Chase

GOAL: Get a 10K PR under 50 minutes

I am so excited for all of these events! My training has been going really well lately, injury-free (knock on wood!), and keeping up the motivation. And now that the heat wave is over, it's been even better. I'm enjoying those sub-70 degree temperatures early in the morning.

Here's what my training this week looked like:

Mon- went to the beach, so just walked around on the beach and swam in the ocean :)

Tues- REST

Wed- rode 15.1 miles (avg 15.6 mph)

Thurs- ran 9.1 miles (8:24 min/mile)

Fri- ran 6.3 miles (7:57 min/mile)

Sat- rode 34.4 miles (avg 16.2 mph)

Sun- ran 9.22 miles (8:55 min/mile)

Took my first "vacation" this summer on Monday. My friends and I went on a day trip to Assateague Island and Ocean City. I saw ponies, swam in the ocean, got tan, and ate the best crab cakes at Ocean City.

We tried making an Aztec-like sand castle, but the sea gods were not pleased and washed it away :(


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