September 20, 2012

Race prep and food exploration

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Workouts for mini-taper week

Monday: 6.5 miles that included 1 warm-up mile and 6 .75-mile sprints with 2 minute rests between.

Tuesday: 11 miles. 1 warm-up mile, 10 miles @ 8:12.

Wednesday: spin class, 50 minutes. 30 minutes of stretching and rolling.

Thursday: rest day

Friday: I'm planning to run about 4 slow miles.

Saturday: The Race!

Sunday: rest day

Those last three days are just a plan in my brain, but I think they will come to pass.

Thanks to Running and Rambling, who hosted a Honey Stinger giveaway, I have some new fuel to try out. I'm really interested in the waffles. I think the gel will be like most gels, slightly tolerable at best (with the exception of Chocolate Outrage GU), but they get the job done.

As long as I'm going to start trying out new stuff, I might as well try my first batch of beef tongue (upper left corner of the picture below). My husband grew up on a farm where they ate beef from their own cows, so tongue wasn't new to him (read: no wasting parts of the cow). This beef tongue was at a Korean barbecue, so I dipped it into sesame oil and salt. My final verdict: good flavor but a little chewy.

This is what it looked like cooked.

In case the tongue didn't work out, I had plenty of lettuce to chomp.

Because I'm not doing desserts this week, I skipped the red bean ice cream. I was only a little sad about that. Again, if it doesn't work out, there's some backup lettuce. 

I'm working on final race prep, which means a killer playlist. My playlists are sort of like my children (only not as needy). As soon as one race ends, I start prepping for the next race's playlist. I keep an iPhone note where I add any song, new or old, that moves me during training. The best places to add to the list are during spin class and on the treadmill, mostly because it's easier to type when the phone is stationary. Also, I know if I like it during those two activities, chances are it won't get on my nerves during a race. The worst is having a song come on that you normally love but for some reason makes you want to kick it in the face while you're running. That happened to me with birthing too (so Radiohead was a big no for delivering a baby), but that one's not as easy to practice and know beforehand. 

And today is free queso day at Moe's. That means you get one free cup of queso with chips. I always get mine to go, and I make all four children go in and get one too. The rules are one per person. The queso is pretty good reheated too if you can't cram it all into your piehole in one sitting.  

Have you tried Honey Stinger waffles? Love or hate?

Have you tried beef tongue? If no, would you try it? 

What's your favorite workout song right now? I might need to steal it for my list!


  1. Ahhh I love honey stingers!!! They are all my favorite ever!

  2. Adventurous with the beef tounge. I like honey stinger stuff but have never tried the waffle. I like Rihanna for running. Get a little clubby with the run and bust a move:)

    1. There will definitely be some Rihanna on there. "Hard" (no pain is forever. yup, ya know dis.) is my new favorite speed work song. Although the video for that song is all kinds of ridiculous -- I can't watch it without laughing. I wonder if people in the military get annoyed by it. Please watch it and tell me me how hard you laughed!:)

  3. In awe of tongue eating. I know it's good and not-wasteful but the thought is just too much for me. And I'm afraid that Lance would put me off the honey stingers...but anyway!!

    Best current running songs: Some Nights by Fun (but you knew that), anything by Train and 'Lights' by Ellie Goulding. Oooh and
    'please don't stop the music' by Rihanna!!!

    SO excited for your half (and so happy it's on a Saturday!!). Good luck.

    1. Ew, same on Lance. Even before the whole drug biz, I thought he came across as an arrogant jerk (basing this all on his own book, so obviously he was totally fine with portraying himself that way). I'm glad he has helped a lot of people with his charity, but I'm over him.

  4. I think my Dad served us cow tongue when I was a little girl. Awful. Never want to do that again. I just bought my first Honey Stingers but didn't get a waffle or gu.

    1. I love the gummy ones! That's what I usually eat.

  5. Not a chance I've tried beef tongue.. or any tongue. Lol. i like the workout song mr.saxobeat.

  6. I'm racing this weekend too.....should I not have eaten the jumbo Tootsie Roll and Mr Big candy bar last night?! :oP That beef tongue makes me want to throw up a little. Yick. I've only ever tried the honey stinger gummies, and I've NEVER seen the gels. I wonder if we get them here? I never run with music. It gets on my nerves a lot of the time. I'm a podcast girl. Nerd! LOL Good luck at your race!

    1. Good luck in your race! I definitely need to get on the podcast wagon.

  7. I didn't care for the waffles. And the gels are heavy on the honey and a little odd tasting, IMO. The gummies are awesome! But I'm interested to hear what you think!

    and I may have thrown up in my mouth a little when you said beef tongue. But that's just the vegetarian in me talking :O

    I don't listen to music when I run or workout (unless the theme song to Friends counts when I'm on the 'mill). But I've had that stupid Gangnam Style in my head on every run this week. It's driving me bonkadoo.

  8. That's funny because that's exactly what Running and Rambling said about the gels too.

    And I just now had to google Gangnam Style. Wow! The kid dancer in that video is the best!

  9. I've always loved Strouppewaffles, which is what they based Honey Stinger Waffles on. Delicious!
    They are too much when Im running, but I like them on the bike because they are flat and easy to store in my jersey. Plus, yummy. The vanilla is my favorite flavor too. Nom nom nom.


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