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7:35, what?

Now that I’m up and running again (ah, puns, love them. LOVE them.), I’ve been getting more acquainted with interval workouts. And even though, for the most part, it’s crazy hot here in NYC these days, I’ve tried to take a run or two out to the streets. But what’s a girl to do when her training plan demands she run a workout like this??

400m 7:35/mile
600m 7:40/mile
800m 7:45/mile
1200m 7:55/mile
800m 7:45/mile
600m 7:40/mile
400m 7:35/mile

First of all, let me just say I think these paces are absolutely absurd. Since when can I run at a 7:35/mile pace? Well, apparently I can. It’s not pretty, but I can do it!

Second, how am I supposed to gauge distance and pace when I’m outside? Several months ago, the Huz literally had to drag me away from the computer just seconds before I bought myself a Garmin. Um, hello, Katherine. You quit your full-time, cushy desk job back in April, remember? Let’s not go blowing hundreds of dollars on a watch, mmmkay? Truth be told, the money wasn’t the only issue. By all accounts, Garmins really aren’t great in NYC. Apparently the interference of all the skyscrapers and tall apartment buildings scrambles the GPS so it’s really only effective in Central Park, or along the rivers. And even then it can take a while to find signal. I don’t know about you, but when I’m staring at a training run like the one above, the extra 10 seconds I have to stand and wait for my watch to figure out where I am is more than enough time to turn me around and lead straight to the couch.

I could always just ignore the .75 miles to and from Central Park, but I have to say I like getting credit for ALL the running I’m doing. That mile and a half starts to add up after a while, too!

So, a Garmin was out of the question.

Suddenly I found myself on the hunt for a reputable running watch that tracked pace and time without GPS. I didn’t need a heart rate monitor or lots of bells and whistles. I just wanted something that would help me run that nasty interval workout without sneaking in extra seconds or, worse, extra distance! Sometimes I’m amazed by the power of the internet. In no time, I found Tech4o, a company that makes the exact watch I was looking for! And, even better, they agreed to send one to me to put through the training ringer. Hooray!!

Welcome home my beautiful, pink loveliness!

First off, I had to calibrate this watch. Similar to a basic pedometer, the watch needs to have a registered stride length. However, it records both a walking AND a running length, which is great for those of us who sometimes need to take a quick walk break (or have a rest interval between 400m dashes) and don’t want our pace or distance to be completely miscalculated. It also doesn’t require a foot pod or additional gear. I’ll admit, running and walking circles around the Central Park Reservoir ad nauseum didn’t really endear me to the watch, but it was a great excuse to get out and enjoy the scenery for about an hour. I can’t say how thankful I was for the meter and yard markers around the reservoir. Without a good track, the calibration would have been almost impossible!

I took this watch out for several easy runs and then decided to put it to the true test – a road race! The Mothers Day 4 miler seemed like the perfect opportunity so I strapped my iPhone around my arm, my Accelerator watch around my wrist and ticked off the miles marked along the course. Success!!

Official course distance: 4.0 miles
iPhone app recorded distance: 4.15 miles
Tech4o distance: 4.07 miles

I’ll take the .07 mile variation since I definitely wasn’t on the inside of the course for the duration.

Test #2 was the Japan Day 4 miler, a race with very different weather conditions and one that was run about three minutes slower.

Official course distance: 4.0 miles
iPhone app distance: 4.17 miles
Tech4o distance: 4.19 miles

Uh oh! I think this race demonstrated the limitations of a stride-based pacing watch. Because I was running so much slower (thank you 80% humidity), my stride was shorter. The watch still registered the movement as running, but assumed I was striding out to the length I usually ran. Oops! The good news is that I took my pink princess out for a repeat of the course later that week and ran it at my more natural stride and it was right back on track. It even properly tracked the 30-second walk I took to answer my phone while running.

Bolstered by the good results, I decided to take it out this week for an interval run. I’ve never used all the functions on a Garmin so I don’t know if the experience would be similar, but I found intervals to be so convenient with the Accelerator. I used the sequential timers and set the view to show my distance and pace, so I had no trouble knowing when to sprint and when I could collapse and recover and the screen was easy to read and uncluttered so I didn’t have too much information to confuse me. (Hey, it’s easy after 4 miles of hot, sweaty intervals!)

I guess the moral of the story is that nothing is perfect. However, if you run a pretty consistent pace and live in a major city, I would very strongly recommend you look at Tech4o’s products when considering your next watch purchase. I know Garmins are the hotness as far as running gear goes, but my watch is smaller, more feminine, more user-friendly and, most importantly, more accurate for city running! And the cheaper price tag is a nice perk too.

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This One Goes to 11

What a day! After my post yesterday, I spent the rest of the day dutifully cleaning the apartment. I even vacuumed the runners along the floor with a nifty attachment on our Dyson. Oh how I love the new vacuum! I also enjoyed a nice lunch courtesy of Gardein. I was sent some coupons recently and LOVED this product!

All broken up in a “meat” pasta sauce served in my Measure Up bowl 🙂

After lunch, I headed to work for a few hours of training and got a text as I was finishing up. It turned out The Huz was in the area and offered to pick me up. Normally, I would be very happy about this, but last night I was THRILLED. He picked me up in an Aston Martin DB9! We cruised up Park Avenue (past my old office, even) with the top down, soaking in the warm spring breeze and the occasional glances from others. Not a bad way to get from Point A to Point B, I must say.

Today is going to be a very long day so I won’t be around much. I’m working from 7 to 3 and then in class from 6 to 10. I’m hoping to get a quick jog in before class so sitting for four hours won’t be so painful.

Hope your week is off to a good start!


Rockin' It Solo

On Friday, we picked Bodhi up from the animal hospital and brought him home.

Poor puppy was so wiped out from the pain killers that he really didn’t want to do anything but sleep.

Wanting to keep things simple, we ordered pizza with mushrooms and broccoli and watched Runaway. Nothing like a throwback film to start the weekend off right! I had three slices of a 14″ pizza and cut them a bit smaller to feel like I was eating a little more. (I also topped it with some Sriracha, yum!)

On Saturday, The Huz headed to Boston to surprise one of our closest friends. Her fabulous boyfriend planned and executed a fabulous birthday party and, by the Huz’s accounts, it was a complete success. We both wanted to beat the bad weather that was on its way so I woke up at 6:30am to have a cherry pie Larabar mini before my run.

Then I was off to Central Park to meet Megan for a fabulous long run. There is something truly sublime about running with a friend. The miles ticked by as we talked about our families, hometowns, holiday plans, blogging and more. When we got back to our starting point, I suggested we tack on the 2-mile bridle path just because I wasn’t ready to part ways! Many thanks to Megan for humoring me and sharing a chilly, but sunny, Saturday morning run. All told, I ended up running about 11 miles so I was famished when I got home. So much so, that I didn’t take a picture of the Happy Herbivore cornbread I toasted with some cranberry sauce. Oops!

I did photograph my lunch, which was s(o)uper tasty: Amy’s Thai Coconut soup with deep sea salted soy crisps.

Unfortunately, the combination of lousy weather, missing Huz and sad puppy proved to be too much for me and I had not one or two, but SEVERAL little bowls of raw almonds, dried cherries and chocolate chips throughout the afternoon.

For dinner, I just made a bowl of pasta with marinara sauce and shaved romano cheese while watching Harry Potter. Now I want to get back into the books! For some reason, I stalled out after the third book, but my interest has been renewed. This is one of the rare times I wish I had a commute to work 😉

Sunday started with a long walk with Bodhi and my last Chobani (tear!). I had the blueberry flavor with a few handfuls of maple pecan cereal. It was tasty, but I’m so glad I got to try the other flavors – my favorites are definitely pineapple and peach. Many thanks to Chobani for sending me the samples I showcased here! Around 1, I hit the grocery store(s) for weekly ingredients and roasted an acorn squash for lunch. I only ended up having half before meeting The Huz at the bar to watch the second half of the Steelers game. Can you believe he went straight to the bar from the highway so he wouldn’t miss any more of the game?? At the bar, I had an Amstel Light, and cried into my glass while watching the Steelers’ season go down the drain.

The rest of the afternoon/evening involved dinner (baked organic king salmon, roasted red pepper and acorn squash), dessert (coconut sorbet with cranberry sauce) and more recipe testing. I made two more Happy Herbivore recipes that were definitely my kind of food – they involved peanut butter!

The first was a peanut butter spread, which was the perfect way to make a wonderful peanut butter flavor stretch a little further than your average spoonful and then I used the spread to make peanut butter cups. I’m not going to post the picture b/c I think I was a little overzealous with the peanut portion (it looks like a three-layer cake!), but the taste is really very good. The chocolate is more intense, like a dark chocolate Newman’s PB cup and the recipe is SO simple. I can’t wait to see Linsday’s finished cookbook!!

The last of my weekend was spent holiday shopping. I honestly don’t know how I ever did shopping before the internet. I’ve ordered everyone’s gifts except my father-in-law and The Huz.

If you have a significant other, do you exchange gifts at the holidays? What’s the favorite gift you’ve ever GIVEN?


Rockin’ It Solo

On Friday, we picked Bodhi up from the animal hospital and brought him home.

Poor puppy was so wiped out from the pain killers that he really didn’t want to do anything but sleep.

Wanting to keep things simple, we ordered pizza with mushrooms and broccoli and watched Runaway. Nothing like a throwback film to start the weekend off right! I had three slices of a 14″ pizza and cut them a bit smaller to feel like I was eating a little more. (I also topped it with some Sriracha, yum!)

On Saturday, The Huz headed to Boston to surprise one of our closest friends. Her fabulous boyfriend planned and executed a fabulous birthday party and, by the Huz’s accounts, it was a complete success. We both wanted to beat the bad weather that was on its way so I woke up at 6:30am to have a cherry pie Larabar mini before my run.

Then I was off to Central Park to meet Megan for a fabulous long run. There is something truly sublime about running with a friend. The miles ticked by as we talked about our families, hometowns, holiday plans, blogging and more. When we got back to our starting point, I suggested we tack on the 2-mile bridle path just because I wasn’t ready to part ways! Many thanks to Megan for humoring me and sharing a chilly, but sunny, Saturday morning run. All told, I ended up running about 11 miles so I was famished when I got home. So much so, that I didn’t take a picture of the Happy Herbivore cornbread I toasted with some cranberry sauce. Oops!

I did photograph my lunch, which was s(o)uper tasty: Amy’s Thai Coconut soup with deep sea salted soy crisps.

Unfortunately, the combination of lousy weather, missing Huz and sad puppy proved to be too much for me and I had not one or two, but SEVERAL little bowls of raw almonds, dried cherries and chocolate chips throughout the afternoon.

For dinner, I just made a bowl of pasta with marinara sauce and shaved romano cheese while watching Harry Potter. Now I want to get back into the books! For some reason, I stalled out after the third book, but my interest has been renewed. This is one of the rare times I wish I had a commute to work 😉

Sunday started with a long walk with Bodhi and my last Chobani (tear!). I had the blueberry flavor with a few handfuls of maple pecan cereal. It was tasty, but I’m so glad I got to try the other flavors – my favorites are definitely pineapple and peach. Many thanks to Chobani for sending me the samples I showcased here! Around 1, I hit the grocery store(s) for weekly ingredients and roasted an acorn squash for lunch. I only ended up having half before meeting The Huz at the bar to watch the second half of the Steelers game. Can you believe he went straight to the bar from the highway so he wouldn’t miss any more of the game?? At the bar, I had an Amstel Light, and cried into my glass while watching the Steelers’ season go down the drain.

The rest of the afternoon/evening involved dinner (baked organic king salmon, roasted red pepper and acorn squash), dessert (coconut sorbet with cranberry sauce) and more recipe testing. I made two more Happy Herbivore recipes that were definitely my kind of food – they involved peanut butter!

The first was a peanut butter spread, which was the perfect way to make a wonderful peanut butter flavor stretch a little further than your average spoonful and then I used the spread to make peanut butter cups. I’m not going to post the picture b/c I think I was a little overzealous with the peanut portion (it looks like a three-layer cake!), but the taste is really very good. The chocolate is more intense, like a dark chocolate Newman’s PB cup and the recipe is SO simple. I can’t wait to see Linsday’s finished cookbook!!

The last of my weekend was spent holiday shopping. I honestly don’t know how I ever did shopping before the internet. I’ve ordered everyone’s gifts except my father-in-law and The Huz.

If you have a significant other, do you exchange gifts at the holidays? What’s the favorite gift you’ve ever GIVEN?


Ducks in a Row

I knew I’d be a bit scattered brained this morning since I went to bed late last night, so I made a morning schedule.

6:35: Alarm
6:40: Whittle My Middle (adapted since I dont have a stability ball at home)
6:55: Prep Bodhi’s food and water
7: Shower, brush teeth, get dressed
7:20: make-up
7:30: prep food/photo shoot, eat breakfast
7:45: Read blogs, write post, play with puppy
8:10am: leave apartment and walk to work

So far, it’s 7:39 and I’ve already done everything, including read blogs! I love taking time in the morning to read what everyone has to say about their wonderful weekends, tasty recipes and fun races. It’s a great way to start off my week.

My eats today lined themselves up in a nice orderly fashion like ducks in a row:

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I had Chobani Vanilla greek yogurt with a cup of Kashi Golean for breakfast and I’ve got an Apple Pie Larabar for a snack after the gym. The meal I’m most excited about is lunch – leftover chili awaits and the flavors are always so much better after they’ve all mixed together overnight.

Do you make a schedule for yourself in the morning? Do you always follow the same routine?

It looks like we’re going to have some beautiful weather here in NYC today so I’m looking forward to a nice long stroll to work. Have a wonderful day!!

A Weighty Subject

After my run this evening, I grabbed a bag of Soy Crisps to tide me over until dinner. I knew we needed to use the other stuffed chicken breast so I put it in a bread pan and set it to bake in our toaster oven. As it cooked, I opened two packages that had arrived this afternoon:

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Thank you so much for the folks at Chobani for sending such a wonderful assortment of yogurts!

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I’ve placed them in the fridge and made sure to put the pomegranate flavor in front – I’m most excited about that one 🙂 Look out for them to make quick the splash in my breakfasts over the next few days!

I also got my very first kitchen scale to try from EatSmart. Again, many thanks are in order!

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I already tested the scale when I served up my dinner.

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The picture below is just less than 1/4 lb of chicken with stuffing and just over a 1/3 lb sweet potato.

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A delicious meal followed by a few bites of homemade clam sauce from the Huz Parents on toasted pita. For dessert, we watched Dial M for Murder and munched on a few squares of the Trader Joe’s chocolate I’d first tried last night and I had a handful of raw almonds. I really love Hitchcock films. I saw my first one in college – Rear Window – and I absolutely adore Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. They don’t make ’em like they used to anymore, huh?

Well, it’s off to bed for me. Have a great night!

Larabar – Product Review!!

I recently received two packages in the mail and I couldn’t be happier with the goodies!! Thank you so much to Rakeb at Larabar and Kristina at Stonyfield for offering to send me samples and coupons!

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First up, I tried the Cashew Cookie Larabar, since I’ve seen such wonderful reviews in the blog world. I have to say, this little guy did not disappoint!

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I loved the moisture and sweetness of this bar! Some Larabars, like Cherry Pie, have a delicious tart flavor, but I’m not always in the mood for something tart. Sometimes, I just need some extra sweetness in my life! And how great is it that the only ingredients are cashews and dates?!

I give this one an A+

Second, I tried the Peanut Butter and Jelly Larabar, which has made quite the entrance onto the blog scene in the past months! I agree with others that the bar tastes JUST like a PB&J sandwich. However, I was disappointed that the bar wasn’t as moist as the other Larabars I’ve had. I noticed the same dryness when I made my own rendition, but I figured this was due to the roasted peanuts. Unfortunately, I just may never find the perfectly moist PB&J bar. The Larabar version is quite tasty though!

Review: B

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For my last 15 miler, I was in the Hamptons for yet another 15 miler and I need some good pre-run fuel. Enter the Tropical Fruit Larabar! This bar had the tartness I love, but it was kicked up a notch and it was great! I also loved being able to taste the shredded coconut and the fresh, fruity taste of the bar as a whole. The powerful flavor also meant that I was inclined to eat it more slowly – I ate a bite here and there while I got dressed, filled my fuel belt, reviewed my route and made one last pitstop. When I hit the road, my stomach was satisfied and happy, as was I!

Review: A++

And last, but certainly not least, one of my tried and true favorites – Apple Pie Larabar. As much as I love the other flavors I got to sample, this one is still one of the best. The spices in this bar really take it to the next level. Don’t ever get rid of this one, PLEASE, Larabar!!

Review: A++, #1, YAY!

I haven’t gotten to use the Stonyfield coupons yet, but I’m looking forward to experimenting with their yogurts both as breakfasts and in recipes so check back soon 🙂