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WAIW #62 Why do you run

Posted Sep 18 2013 5:47pm

Hey friends! Happy huuuuump day :) As you probably know, Wednesdays around here mean just one thing: it’s What I Ate Wednesday time! If you are new to WIAW, feel free to pop on over to Jenn’s blog to read a little description of the phenomenon. It’s all about celebrating a love for food without judgement. Love it!

Yesterday’s eats were really delicious. Not the healthiest when it’s all said and done, but worth it nonetheless! Let’s take a look.

Breakfast

breakfast After our run yesterday morning, Fabio was kind enough to make me breakfast :) I would say this only happens about once a month, but when it does it is a good thing. Yesterday he made egg sandwiches with avocado and fresh salsa. So delicious! Mine was served on a sandwich thin and he cooked my egg so it was nice a runny- just the way I like it. The salsa we have right now is really good too; I bought it from the produce section at Giant and the ingredient list looks like this: tomato, red onion, cilantro, green pepper, red pepper, lime juice. Not kidding! There are no scary -ose or -use ingredients at all. Win! I had this sandwich with a small glass of OJ, and it was a great combination.

Lunch

Yesterday’s lunch was quite a special treat; my mom came to my office to take me out! My mom’s work has been relatively slow lately, and this week is a little less crazy for me as well, so we decided to get together for a lunch date to celebrate my recent promotion as well as her recent trip to Italy (yes, she and my stepdad went again after our last trip in July . Lucky ducks).

We wound up going to Boqueria , which is the same place we went to the last time we went out to lunch together. I guess it’s becoming a new favorite for us! You just can’t beat the delicious tapas. Yum.

(Note: If you look at the post from the last time we went out to lunch, she had also just come back from Italy. Ah, the life she lives).

We wound up ordering four tapas to share, but I only took pictures of two of them (guess I was hungry!).

First we got patatas bravas, which are potatoes in a tomatoey mixture with roasted garlic aioli. Not at all healthy. Plenty delicious.
lunch01 We also got this adorable dish with two toast points, a slice of bacon, arugula, and quail eggs on top. How cute are quail eggs, by the way? lunch02 The other two tapas we ordered were mushroom & ham croquettes, and lamb meatballs. Yum! The best thing about tapas is that everything is perfectly portioned, so you can have a little bite of everything and not feel too full. Everything we had was delicious and I definitely recommend Boqueria if you are looking for a tapas place in DC (they also have New York locations, btw).

Dinner

The tapas held me over pretty well until dinnertime, so I didn’t wind up eating any snacks in the afternoon.

When it was time for dinner, I took a tip out of my 3 ways to eat more veggies post and roasted some veggies for a delicious veggie bowl.  dinner
To make this dish, I cut up one large sweet potato, one small regular potato, a bunch of brussels sprouts, and two fully-cooked chicken sausages. Then I tossed them in a bowl with olive oil, salt, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and rosemary. Next I roasted them at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. When they were nice and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside (as in, you could pierce them easily with a fork) I took them out. Then I tossed them in a bowl with three wedges of Laughing Cow cheese and voila. Dinner!

I just loooove this meal since it’s full of wholesome ingredients and comes together so easily. It also tastes like serious comfort food to me since everything is warm and cheesy. The best part though, is the variety of flavors: salty, sweet, and spicy. I’m a sucker for that combo!

Unpictured Dessert

Two mini pumpkin chocolate chip cookies . Ah well, may as well end the day off on a delicious note.

And there you have it, everything I ate yesterday! Definitely not the healthiest of days, but I believe life is all about balance. Sometimes you need to cut back on the junk food, and other times you need to enjoy a free meal with your family (thanks mom!) and eat a cookie at the end of the day. At least I did get some veggies in there at the end, plus pumpkin counts as a veggie, right? ;)

Daily Activity

Yesterday was another three mile run, and it went really well! It was actually cold outside (what?!) and I had to wear long sleeves and leggings. I was still cold when the wind hit me, but there was a gorgeous sunrise over the Potomac again so I enjoyed the pretty view. It was a great run for me, with pretty decent times. Here were my splits:

  • Mile One: 8:06 (mostly downhill)
  • Mile Two: 8:27
  • Mile Three: 9:01 (mostly uphill)

Fabio and I continued to do our interval sprints across Key Bridge, which is what I think helped with those speedy splits. It was one of those runs where you feel really great afterword, you know what I mean? Like you really accomplished something (even if it was only three miles). Love that feeling. That’s why I run, after all. :)

Catch ‘ya later!

Question of the day: Why do you run?

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