June 22, 2012

Yasso 800s and late-night snacks

Workouts: yesterday was a double header with a spin class and a five miles worth of Yasso 800s. Finally, finally, I tried those darn things, and I loved it! They especially make running on a treadmill more tolerable because the switching around of speeds makes time pass quickly. I decided to start out with five sets yesterday with the idea that I can work up from there in future weeks. My 800 (1/2 mile) time was 3:29 (because 3:30 wasn't an option in my treadmill speed). Even though I want a 3:35 marathon time, I decided to work for something a little faster just to have a safety.

The moment I decided to do speed work. I make a lot of important decisions in the bathroom.

Today is a rest day because I am running this 10K tomorrow. I also probably shouldn't have done speed work yesterday, but I was feeling it so I did it. Remember, that's my training plan lately: run whatever you feel like at that exact minute. Pretty much, I have done zero specific training for this 10K, but I'm still hoping to reach my sub 45:49 goal, which means I need to hit about 7:20 on my miles. A lot of this will depend on the course, which I have no idea what it looks like. No map is online. It could be a hilly nightmare because that's how it is here. Plus there is no packet pickup for this race, so I guess we just head over that morning. It's all kind of strange, and I don't quite understand it. But I guess I'll figure it out in the early morn. Either way, I'm stoked to be racing!

Did I mention that we have nine kids at our house right now? My friend is visiting from Florida, and if you put our bunches of kids together, it equals a lot. The weird thing is that it doesn't seem like many more than usual, but my little guys are still getting up extra early every morning, which meant that yesterday I needed a nap. I tried for 20 minutes before I gave up. Nine kids and nap don't go together.


Oh, did I tell you I got a major haircut? You can kind of tell in this picture (below). Six or seven inches off. My first thought after I did it was this feels amazingly light. My second thought was am I still going to be able to do double buns for racing. Things to consider when getting a haircut. But I guess now wearing a ponytail is an option. With long hair (long enough that the ponytail reaches below your shoulders), ponytails are annoying in races because the hair sticks to your sweaty back and starts to tangle into a giant dreadlock.


What do you cook for nine kids plus parents? Last night, we made mashed potatoes, oven-baked squash and zucchini fries, sliced cucumbers and chicken nuggets.

When I make mashed potatoes, I count out a potato for every person, and sometimes throw in a few extra. How do you get the right amount of potatoes?


Tossed the fries with parmesan, salt and olive oil. Then baked them at 425 degrees until I felt good about it, about 20 minutes. I read about this on several blogs, and when I finally tried it the other day, I was so happy about it. It's going into our regular rotation because it's so easy to put together.


For days I've been dreaming about Chick-fil-A's new banana pudding milkshake. So my friend took me and my greasy hair out for a late-night emergency milkshake run. If you care anything about the most delicious things on the planet, you will want to try this banana pudding milkshake. It even has crunchy bits of vanilla wafers.


How many kids would it take to drive you crazy? More than nine, less than 200.


Have you tried the banana pudding milkshake? Or are you mad at me for mentioning Chick-fil-A because you don't live near one.


What's your favorite late-night snack? Or do you try not to do that? I have cut back a lot, but because my friend is here I felt like splurging. And I ordered fries, my weakness.

And have fun at your races (if you have them) this weekend!

28 comments:

  1. My neighbor just gave us a ton of zucchini. I never even thought if making fries with them...yum. Also wanting a Banana pudding shake now. Can you believe I've never tried one of those before either?

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    1. That's how we got our zucchini too! I was going to make zucchini bread, but after I made these the first time, I wanted more.

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  2. Way to kill those 800s! Rock star! Um that shake sounds amazing, I love bananas, I love ice cream, put them together. Yes please.

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    1. And now you guys have chick-fil-a in AZ! Right? I thought I saw one last time I was there.

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  3. I could tell that you got your haircut in that very top picture! LOL A year and a half ago I got about 8-9 inches cut off my hair and HATED it. I hope that you don't feel the same way about your hair. BTW, how do you keep the buns intact when you run? Everytime I try it, it falls out a million times until I just finally stick it in a pony and deal.

    Good luck at the 10K. That's weird that there's no map or pre race packet pickup. I like to refer to those races as 'ghetto'. LOL

    I love milkshakes, but being lactose intolerant they don't love me back. Enjoy another one for me would ya?!?!

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    1. It is shocking at first, but I love that I'm not as hot!

      The secret to the buns is to twist before you twist. Does that make sense? Grab the hair twist it and then loop it into the bun. Then I use about six hair ties on each side. When my sister visits, we are going to vlog about it. She's a double bun pro.

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  4. Good luck tomorrow!! You look great!

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  5. Hey Lisa - the map for the race is up. Sadly it's not very exciting, we just loop around the Lakeshore Trail twice. At least there is only one hill at the back of the high school, unfortunately, we have to run up it twice.

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    1. Good to know! Let's still ride together. I'll call you.

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  6. I hate wearing a pony tail for races. I can tolerate a pony tail for about 45 minutes and then after that, it's a disaster. I have found wearing two braids is working nicely for me. I do like your signature buns, though. I think those are pretty awesome but I don't think I could pull it off.

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    1. I like braids too! But now with shorter hair, I wonder if they will work OK.

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  7. My pony is waaaaay too long right now. So irritating. I estimate potato consumption exactly the same way you do!
    Seriously RLRF is great! No complaints at all. I bet I'll end up training mostly RLRF just because it's ingrained by now. It's especially good for those who like speed, as you do. I just remember how tired I was in those last few weeks before the taper, which I'm sure is probably true of any plan.

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    1. That's how I felt about mine. Chop it all off!

      I'm seriously considering RLRF. My friend who also wants to Boston qualify is doing the plan, so I thought it might be convenient for us to be on the same plan.

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  8. Good luck tomorrow! Any time I make mashed potatoes, I make way too many and they are terrible leftover so I just throw them out. I don't know why I can't learn that one!

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  9. Ok, Im a new runner. Im running 5k'S right now, with grands plans of eventually running in marathons. Im dreaming big. LOL

    Any chance you would blog a post for beginner runners? What are you're fave gear, what to eat or not eat...how you got started. Basically just a little something for those of us just getting into running. Any advice or hard lessons you've learned would be great!

    Melissa

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    1. That's a great idea! I will start working on that. You will definitely be able to run a marathon! You already have the right idea which is get out and start doing something. Then you can reach and reach for more.

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  10. Nice speed work! And kick some booty tomorrow! :) I don't have kids yet which is a good thing...because just entertaining my almost 9-year old niece-in-law (still don't know if this is a term, hah!) is enough for me. LOL. I'm not a big banana person so I'd skip that milkshake but I'm glad it was scrumptious! My favorite late night snack are the pretzel m&m's...I call them my little crack balls (not that I would know, lol!). But I'm also having a love affair with Ben & Jerry's Greek Frozen yogurt (any flavor...they're all amazing!).

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    1. Love pretzel m&ms, but why do you only get three per bag? Every time I get them I feel like my bag is empty before I even start!:)

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    2. LOL I go for the "medium-sized" bag now! Forget the little single-serve bags, haha! Hoping you are calm, cool, collected and ready to own your race this morning! :o)

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  11. Yay. So glad you rocked put the yazzo 800's. I am dying to try them!!!!! Stupid leg heal now!!!!! Ahhhhh Lisa seriously going crazy. I mean it! I've been to the shrink twice this month!!! Ahhhhhhhhb just. Want. To. Run.

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    1. I would be going crazy too! Just remember that you are being smart. And you'll learn from it. I hate learning while I'm doing it, but later I appreciate it. I'm thinking of you!

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  12. Aren't the Yasso 800's awesome?! I mean, they totally suck when you are doing them but when you are done and you eventually start to see improvement, they are for sure awesome.

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  13. I've never done the Yasso's mostly because math is hard for me. And I think I've been lazy. But I want to get faster and that seems like a good tool so I"m going to give 'em a try! And your target pace - I can't even imagine what it would feel like to run a 10k at 7:20 pace. I'm so jealous!! That's dream-realm stuff for me and I'm pretty sure my lungs would explode.
    The zucchini fries look fantastic! I'll definitely make those!! And for fast food-type guilty pleasures - McDonald's chocolate shake and french fries. You dip the fries in the shake. Sweet. Salt. Chocolate. Cold. Perfection!
    As for numbers of kids, we have already 5 so adding more to the mix really doesn't seem to make that much of a difference. Unless they are under the age of 10, then the decibel level raises exponentially. And that DOES drive me crazy!

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    1. That McD's combo sounds perfect. We do that with Frosties too sometimes.

      The yasso math wasn't too complex while running. That's saying a lot because I can barely add 2+2 with runner's brain. I just did it on the treadmill so that I was forced to go faster on the fast parts.

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  14. I tried Yasso 800s for the first time this week, and DID NOT like them. But thats because I'm a wuss. How do you do them on a treadmill? Do you program the treadmill to increase speed at the appropriate intervals? Or do you manually increase the speed yourself?

    I love waffles as a late night snack. Or maybe thats just me getting a jump start on the morning.

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  15. That Banana Pudding Milkshake is SOOOOOO GOOD!!!! I dream about it. I would have one every day, but then all that running wouldn't help what would happen to my waist! I also like fries for late night. I'm telling you, your my Gemini twin!

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