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August 7, 2013

July Faves

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Hey Peeps! I’ve been up to no good, as usual, but thought this would be a good time to take a break from my debauchery to share what’s kept me going through the month of July.

I will also mention that not listed below is my decision to ‘go vegan’ for a few days out of each week during the moth of July. Let me tell you… I can’t recall having such a boost in energy as I’ve had during those days. If I had to pick a number one favorite it would be my Vegan Days, but I’ll do a separate post about the specifics.

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  1. I have to start with Scalini’s Margherita pizza. Simple, yet well done. Since leaving Beijing and my beloved GungHo! Pizza I’ve been a bit apprehensive about trying any other delivery options. I can’t say that Scalini’s compares to GungHo!, but I will say that I was not disappointed. This hit the spot!
  2. The Lululemon gym/yoga tote is my everything right now. I’ve taken up tennis lessons and in addition to running and other cross training activities, this bag is the perfect support system. I can fit everything in there… including my lunch bag, makeup, wallet, and various other items that I should really just put away when I get home!!! [NOTE TO SELF: Put your sh t away when you get home]
  3. Fit & Hungry’s 21 Day Challenge is the perfect monthly favorite item… mainly because it took up most of the month of July and just ended on August 4th. This challenge was physical, nutritional, and mental… and it was just what I needed. Every once in a while the lovely Angel R. Stone (spin instructor & athlete extraordinaire) shares challenges with her readers and subscribers. These challenges can be done by people of all fitness levels and all you need to do is stay tuned for daily instructions, keep in touch with Angel via comments or tweets, and do the work. The thing to remember is that the challenge is there for you and only you can perform the work!!! This is work checking out.
  4. Who would have thought that a recipe shared in the New York Times back in 1966 would have such a hold on me!?! Well, David Eyre’s pancake recipe is just the type to have such an effect. These baked in the oven pancakes are the perfect weekend breakfast item. I threw in some fried eggs, coffee, and fresh berries with cream to bring it all together that particular Saturday morning, but David’s pancakes were still the star of the show.
  5. I finally broke out the Oster waffle maker and whipped myself up some waffles. The recipe I used was a generic Belgian variation that I found on the Internet, but here’s my secret… shhhhhhh I folded some freshly made whipped cream into the batter. *nods head slowly* Mmmmmhmmmm… it was good.
  6. So I know I’ve talked about these kicks already, but I had to mention them again. Not because they’re so awesome, which they are, but because they come with the best laces I think I’ve ever had on a pair of running shoes. I usually have to double knot my laces to make sure they don’t come undone. Approximately 40-miles in with these Asics GelLyte33 2‘s and I haven’t had to double knot them once. They stay in place on the treadmill, the road, and the trail. I’m in love with them!!!
  7. This particular breakfast combination may not look terribly spectacular, but it made for some of the most productive days I’ve had this month. It’s a veggie and portabella mushroom omelette along with a 16oz green smoothie (spinach, kiwis, apples, cucumbers, and some carrot orange juice). I obviously didn’t have these on the vegan days, but this breakfast did help me come close to having the same amount of energy I had on the vegan days.

Did you have any favorites for the month of July? What did you find yourself doing, eating, or using the most?

I hope you enjoyed the list and if you have any questions, sugguestions, or just want to share a few tidbits of information please feel free to comment below.

Signing off… ETT =)

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July 11, 2013

iPod Wars + P-RIDE

Let’s Get This Party Started… RIGHT!!!

So, some crafty friends of mine decided to organize a great event in which closet DJs (like me), play songs as requested by the judging panel, that fit into random (SERIOUSLY RANDOM) categories, and get judged on a scale from 1 (worst) to 5 (best). The end result… the winner becomes the musical overlord of all of his/her friends until the next installment of iPod Wars. BIG FUN!

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We did this last night, so I don’t have the official numerical scores yet… but here’s how I played.

BEST SONG TO GET IT ON TO:

Sweetest Taboo x Sade

BEST CHEATING SONG:

She Said OK x Big Boy (feat. Theophilus London & Tre Luce)

SONG YOU LIKED WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG, BUT ARE EMBARRASSED ABOUT NOW:

Oh-bla-di Oh-bla-da x The Beatles

BEST SONG TO GET READY FOR BATTLE:

Backseat Freestyle x Kendrick Lamar

BEST SONG TO GET MARRIED TO:

Love the Way You Lie x Eminem (feat. Rihanna)

WORST SONG ON YOUR iPOD:

All That She Wants (Is Another Baby) x Ace Of Base

BEST SONG TO CRY TO AFTER A BREAKUP:

It Ends Tonight x The All-American Rejects

BEST SONG TO CRY TO/MASTURBATE IN THE SHOWER:

Darling Nikki x Prince

BEST 80s SONG:

Dude (Looks Like A Lady) x Aerosmith

BEST SONG TO DRIVE DRUNK TO:

Ridin’ Dirty x Krayzie Bone (feat. Chamillionaire)

Going into the final round I was in 3rd place, but after hitting the judges with Ridin’ Dirty they had to recognize the superiority of my repertoire… I ended up tied for 1st place with a good buddy of mine. And the tie break got pretty interesting…

TIE BREAK: Swap devices and play THE ONE SONG THAT ONCE IT’S PLAYED YOU JUST CAN’T NOT DANCE TO IT

He played… Jammin’ x Bob Marley

I played… What is Love x Haddaway

What do you think happened? Yup, you got it! Another tie break…

TIE BREAK #2: With your own device play the BEST HOOK UP SONG ON THE “STEAK NIGHT” PLAYLIST (I have to note here that “Steak Night” is a local event that I do not attend so I was at a bit of a disadvantage)

I played… We Found Love x Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris)

He played… Call Me Maybe x Carly Rae Jepsen

And he won!!!

It was an awesome night and even more awesome event! I’ll be better prepared for the next one!

To get my head right for this event, I’ve been mixing up my cross-training with some Nike Training Club workouts . I would recommend the NTC workouts for anyone who needs to mix it up a bit. NTC is a free app available on iTunes or Google Play with loads of content and variety. Give it a try.

I’ve also been incorporating some indoor cycling into my training. After spending so much time working out at the Revolve NYC studio, I’m having withdrawals. So I created a ride of my own (dedicated to the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision) that I like to call the P-RIDE aka my Push It To The Limit Ride. Check out the playlist and strategy below… and please note, I’m an amateur at this. I just put together some songs that I know motivate me to work and I used the resistance to my advantage.

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Do you think you could own iPOD WARS? What would you say is the best song to workout to?

Signing off… ETT =)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Song number 11 in the P-RIDE playlist should be She Said OK (Big Boi feat. Theophilus Monk & Tre Luce).

July 1, 2013

TNF Marathon Update + June Faves

It probably took me so long to post this, because I felt awful breaking the bad news. I didn’t run the TNF Washington, DC marathon like I said I would =( Ok, this news is more heartbreaking for me than it is for you, but that doesn’t make it any easier to share.

It was just a case of pushing one’s body to hard too fast. I thought I could get myself ready for a marathon with little (more like no) prep, but my body is MUCH smarter than me… lemme tell ya. As soon as I started to up the mileage during my short training period, my knees threw up the white flag.

So here’s what I did instead…

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Went to a lovely wedding [congrats to the newlyweds]

Did some hardcore relaxing [adult beverages included]

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Sampled beer with the folks and lil bro [first time for everything]

I will get my act together for future and potential races. Not sure what I was thinking with the TNF… maybe the fact that I was going on vacation made me think I could do anything. I’ve run long distances before and should have known better. BAD, ETT… BAD!!!! [there.. I just gave myself an Internet scolding]

 

JUNE FAVES

I guess one of the other things I’ve picked up on since my vacation is how much I love (when other people publish their) favorites. So I decided to dabble in this ritual myself. Here are a few things that I could not get enough of in the month of June…

1. Lets start with the obvious… FAVES. The below video from Summer0892 was what got me hooked.

2. Revolve NYC… I rode that indoor cycle until the wheels fell off. It was probably moreso my legs, but I’m telling everyone I won that fight. I found myself in that studio every chance I could get, doing double rides and all. By the end of each class I was wobbly and maybe a bit nauseous at times, but it was worth every bit of effort. I think I rode with 60% of the NYC instructors and they were all knowledgeable, motivating, and bad ass.  Don’t be afraid… just go and ride your cares away.

Revolve has studios in both New York City and Washington, D.C. as well as class/package options to fit any rider’s needs. Check them out on WordPress and Twitter.

3. Mushrooms… I’m back to my ovo-lacto-pescatarian ways and this month I’ve discovered a dish so good that it was repeated more times than I’m willing to admit. Yep… that good. It’s a spicy noodle dish with mushroom and cashew nut. The mushrooms were the highlight to me and after every repetition I seemed to be adding more and more of them to the recipe… and it only got better.

I made those noodles taste so good, I wanted to smack my momma. But I would never do that because I like living.

#TeamNoRabbit

#TeamNoRabbit

4. The Asics Gel Lyte33 II… these are some comfy running shoes. They are the perfect combination of stability and cushion for my flat feet, not to mention they only weigh 9oz. I’m in love with these shoes and despite my unflattering report of not actually having run the TNF WashDC marathon, I have actually been using them.

Photo courtesy of www.FootLocker.com

Signing off… ETT -_-

May 10, 2013

Choices & Play Dates

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26 it is!!!

I’ve made a decision to go with the longer distance. It will be tough, but I think this marathon might be fun. Here I come TNF WashDC.

My past experience with trail marathons and the comfort during the past few days’ 17.5 miles have helped in the decision making. Let’s hope that keeps up.

In other news, Harriet and Jessie had a play date this weekend. Lots of chasing tennis balls, random butt sniffing, and couch naps. These two are too cute!

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Signing off… ETT -_-

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May 5, 2013

Pick a number… 13 or 26?

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I find myself stumped… The North Face Endurance Challenge at Algonkian Regional Park has perfectly aligned itself with an upcoming trip back to the Motherland and I want to participate. What runner wouldn’t… right?

Now just to decide which race to enter. I know that I don’t want to run the full 50k, but what distance should I train for with such short notice?

All the logical bones (and muscles) in my body say that I should be conservative and run the half-marathon… BUT since when have I been conservative!?!

The normally crazy ETT says, just go for the full marathon!

We shall see.

For the past few months, I’ve split my physical activity 80/20… 80% cross training and 20% running. Over the next few days I will swap those numbers and see how my body reacts. I’ll use that as a litmus test for whether I might be able to endure the longer race or if I should be logical and compete in the shorter distance.

Wish me luck!

P.S. I’ve discovered Grumpy Cat and I can’t get enough. Tardar Sauce. best. Name. EVER. No!

Signing off… ETT! =)

 

December 26, 2012

Happy Holidays

SATURDAY’S WORKOUT: 3500m row (22min)
SUNDAY’S WORKOUT: 3000m row (16:45)
MONDAY’S WORKOUT: 1.5mi walk at 6deg incline (40min)
WEDNESDAY’S WORKOUT: 3 sets of 20 (squat thrusts, T push ups, & static v-up…this one was 1 set = 20sec) + 5mi run walk (60min) + 3500m row (19min)

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I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season. Wishing you and yours all the best!

Signing off…ETT! =)

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December 21, 2012

Desert Storms & More Squat Thrusts

Tuesday’s WORKOUT: 3x3min Speed Intervals at 6mph w/2min jogs in between 1.57mi 17:00
Wednesday’s WORKOUT: 3.66mi/5mph 45:00 w/6mph 1min sprints at the end
Thursday: REST DAY
Friday’s WORKOUT: 10 to 1 Descending Ladder: Squat Thrusts & V-ups (2 sets = 07:17 & 07:21) + 4.5mi/4.5mph 60:00

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So remember I was just saying something about not wanting to do anymore squat thrusts (AKA baby burpees)???

Well yeah… that didn’t work out as planned. I got through them, but they were torturous. I really had to slow down my run afterwards (4.5mph), but it turned out to be a really great run. Beautiful day in the desert…even though the clouds were weighing down on us.

Also this weekend, there was this…

…baking for a good cause (donated cookies)

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…and farewell chocolate overload at Maya for JB

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Great weekend and great being back on track. Hope you all had a wonderful end of the week!

Signing off… ETT! =)

December 17, 2012

Running Again…

TODAY’S WORKOUT: Run/walk 4.4mi (60:00) + squat thrusts (6:00)

… and thanks to Angel, I’m motivated again. Sometimes, all it takes is a swift kick in the rear to get a person back on track. I think that was all I needed.

For months now I’ve been trying to overcome injuries from the North Face Challenge 50k and Great Wall marathon earlier this year. I feel much better now, but after moving from China to the Kingdom I really haven’t gotten my workout groove back. This 21 day fitness jump off may be just what the doctor ordered.

Over the next few weeks I will follow this challenge and throw in some planned “get back to running” workouts.

Wish me luck! Positive thoughts, healthy lifestyle, & as many after-race cold showers in random motel rooms that I can stand!

GWM 2012

GWM 2012

Signing off… ETT! =)

 

UPDATE: So I did the squat thrusts for 6 minutes when I got home from work and… whew… that ain’t right. First of all, squat thrusts are just no push-up burpees. That was was smooth, Angel!

The first minute is pretty inspiring. By minute 3, you’re thinking… ok, I’m starting to feel it. And them BHAM!!! Minute 4 hits you square in the face! Why me!?! What the hell is wrong with my stopwatch!?! Please make it stop!!! Then you get to minute 6 and you’re on the floor feeling spent, but accomplished… and determined never to agree to do that again. I might could do that again.

May 15, 2012

The North Face 100 Endurance Challenge (50km Race Report)

The good news is… I didn’t die! The not so good news is… I didn’t win my mother the car she keeps thinking is the prize for all the races I participate in, so not a great Mother’s Day for Mama Ducky (as she affectionately likes to be called)!

The awesome thing about this race is that it was run in true EarthToTrish fashion. I have to say that from start to finish, every moment was a ‘random, but necessary note to self’. Case in point:

  1. KEEP CALM: I couldn’t really get my nerves under control the morning of, so Harriet Houdini (the bestest furry friend any girl could ask for) got her claws clipped… at 4AM! WTF was I thinking???
  2. ALWAYS PLACE YOUR PRE-RACE SNACKS IN A SECURE LOCATION: Since I couldn’t manage to eat any food before I left home, I packed myself a little bag of goodies and promised to force myself to fuel up before the race. I stuffed the goodie bag in my nifty back pocket (made especially for super cool running peeps like myself)… and it fell out while I was running to the bag drop-off location. =/
  3. DO NOT RUN UP A MOUNTAIN BEHIND PEOPLE WITH HIKING STICKS: Or in front of them for that matter. The race course included a 50km companion trek which contained a lot more elevation than the regular course, but we started together. I can understand bringing the sticks along, but those people are wild. The flail those death wands all around and poke at ya. Hooligans, I tell ya!
  4. ALWAYS STOP TO APPRECIATE YOUR SURROUNDINGS: Heaven Lake was serene and beautiful. Just see for yourself…
  5. WHEN RUNNING IN TIGHT MOUNTAIN PASSAGES, NEVER EVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE PATH: So it rained pretty hard the night before the race. The mountains absorbed a lot of the moisture and made the uphill trek ever more arduous. However, I found out that it made running (and even falling on your butt and sliding) downhill very easy and quite entertaining. UNTIL… a rescue team volunteer decided to get by attention. He said ‘hallowwwww‘ and I said ‘huh,’ turned my head to see what the fuss was about and ran head/temple-first into a tree branch. I like that tree branch, because when I fell over the side of the mountain as a result of the collision, it was all I had to hang on to.
  6. RESCUE TEAM VOLUNTEERS MEAN WELL: After the unfortunate forest altercation, I was politely escorted to the medical van where a team of two very nice ladies took a look at my head to make sure I had not suffered a race ending injury. The only problem was that they were slowing me down. I needed to pass the next check point before the cut-off time and the minutes were just ticking away while they checked me out. I was very sad…
  7. SWEEPER BUSES MUST BE OPERATED BY THREE-TOED SLOTHS: So the medical team cleared me to continue and I made it past the next check point. I was cooking. Then it happened… another kind rescue team volunteer approached me and says ‘hello madam, are you 五三六六 [5366 – my bib number]? I’m sorry, but you did not make the check point in time.’ He then proceeded to explain that I needed to go with him to the next water station to wait for the sweeper bus. I’d been disqualified and I was crushed, but understood that I needed to follow race rules. Together, we made it out of that mountain pass and had some nice conversations about this year’s NBA playoffs and my KT tape. I decided to ask when the sweeper bus would be by to get me. When he told me the pick-up time, I almost cursed at him. I’m pretty sure though, that he may not have understood it when I said “oh HELLLL NAWWW, HOMIE.” I had no intention of waiting three hours in the heat for a bus. So I decided to buck the system and finish the race.
  8. RESCUE TEAM VOLUNTEERS LIKE TO TAKE PICTURES AND DRINK CHINESE RED BULL: The stipulation for me continuing on was that the rescue team volunteers had to agree to follow me through all the mountain passes. I felt bad, but they were all willing and it was the least they could do, right? I was running again!!! Of the three volunteers that escorted me they all took pictures with me and one that didn’t speak much at all reached into his backpack and pulled out a tiny gesture of kindness. He handed me a can of Chinese Red Bull and says, ‘here… drink… better than water!’ I never drink energy drinks. I’m a water and gel kinda gal, but his tone and facial expression didn’t really give me a choice. It was like drink this or I’ll beat you about the legs with my walking stick and I needed my legs to go on.
  9. RED BULL REALLY GIVES YOU WINGS: Or at least it gave ETT wings. I took two sips of that potent little demon juice and started to fly. At one point I realized that my escort was having a hard time keeping up. When he finally caught up with me, he was trying to point out that I’d run probably 5 or 6 kilometers with the empty can in my hand. HAHAHAHAHAHA I’m such a weirdo. Here buddy! Throw that can away for me while I tear up the rest of this course.
  10. *TIME IS SECONDARY TO COMPLETION: Eight hours and twenty minutes is the unofficial race time for number 5366. However, after being disqualified, the race officials didn’t recognize my accomplishment. I did!!! I finished it.

This was my longest distance… EVER! I can’t believe I thought I could do this and now I can’t believe I’ve actually done it. It’s an amazing feeling! Don’t let anyone tell you different. I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything, but maybe next time I’ll try not to run into any trees!

Signing off… ETT =)

* – IMPORTANT STUFF

P.S. Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all those wonderful mommies out there! You are loved and appreciated.

P.P.S. I beat the sweeper bus back around to the finish line. =)

April 30, 2012

Painful 15-Mile Long Run…

…this past weekend!

My everything hurts! =( Especially after my last brush with “nature.” Sometimes I wonder if I can actually run through the pain, but the past few days have been a true test of my mettle. The North Face Endurance Challenge 50k is only 12 days away and I’m worried to say the least.. I have one last long run (20-mile) tomorrow… so we’ll see how I feel.

Unfortunately, I’m also still trying to wrap my brain around this here elevation map…


Signing off… ETT =/