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What I Do After A Half-Marathon

The Day of the Race:

1. Take a nap, preferably with husband and dog.

2. Move from bed to couch, stay there for several more hours.

3. Walk dog around the block in an attempt to loosen up legs.

4. Walk dog around the block again in an attempt to tire out dog.

5. Eat many Cadbury Mini Eggs

6. Go back to bed.

The Day after the Race:

1. Go to work. In a perfect world, this wouldn’t be number one, but I have to conserve my vacation days and besides, I’m going to Florida this weekend.

2. Get pedicure during lunch break.


3. Realize so-called cold is probably allergies since the pollen count is like 2500 or some ridiculously high number.

4. Meet Jason for sushi.


5. Drink beer.


Two Days After the Race:

1. Take allergy medicine.

2. Decide that it’s warm enough to grill out. Grill leftover pizza crust from last week’s two pack.


3. Admire grilled pizza. This pizza had goat cheese, mozzarella, Morningstar Farms Fake Sausage crumbles, onion, mushrooms and green peppers.


4. Eat pizza outside.


5. Sign up for another race (with Tina!) I’m actually planning on doing another 5K the weekend before, but I haven’t signed up for that one yet.


Outside Pizza Pi

Losing that hour was rough this morning, but being able to eat dinner outside at 6:30 pm made it well worth it. Today was a repeat of yesterday, weather-wise, in the low 70s and sunny.


Being Pi (3.14) and all, we decided that a homemade pizza was in order. We used a premade whole wheat crust that I bought at Whole Foods. We put sauce, cheese and roasted peppers and onions on top. I had two pieces with a side of broccoli topped with nutritional yeast.


Then I went back for a third piece. :)

Murphy really wanted a piece.


Gimme that pizza!!


It was really nice to be outside. I still think that we could have another cold snap but it really does seem like Spring is here.


Does it feel like Spring where you are?

Craving Pho

There’s an area of Atlanta called Buford Highway that has a ton of ethnic restaurants, primarily Asian and Hispanic.When I say they are ethnic restaurants, I mean that they are authentic and not Americanized versions. I found that the best way to figure out if there will be something that I can eat is to look up the restaurant on Yelp and do a find for the word vegetarian. It’s a little easier now that I eat fish and seafood, but there’s always still a fear that there will be some sort of beef or chicken broth in something that appears to be vegetarian.

Last week, I went to Lee’s Bakery with some co-workers. It was recommended to me by a friend, near my office and got good reviews on Yelp. What really appealed to me, though, was the promise of a tofu bahn mi sandwich.

Said sandwich was in fact on the menu and was good. And guess how much this bad boy cost? Three Dollars! I’m not sure that you can tell from the picture, but it was pretty big.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed my sandwich, I was a little jealous of my co-workers who got giant bowls of pho. I didn’t even think to ask if they had a vegetarian version. Midway through my meal, I noticed a whiteboard with specials written on it and one of them was vegan pho!

I couldn’t stop thinking about the vegan pho and wishing that was what I ordered so I did the next best thing; I made it at home.

I used Mama Pea’s recipe and while it wasn’t quite as gigantic as my coworker’s bowls, it was very good. Jason was a big fan too. I’m always pleased when he likes something that I’ve cooked, especially when it’s vegetarian, or in this case vegan.

Big bowls of soup have always been one of my favorite meals. When I was in high school, one of my favorite meals was the soup at Taipei Tokyo Cafe. I used to call it the soup in a bowl as big as your head.

In non soup related news, I am getting pretty sick of half-marathon training. My race is in a week and a half so this is really my last week but it’s getting to me. I forced myself to go to the gym tonight and run. I had six miles on the agenda but immediately started trying to bargain with myself to run less. I ran into Tracey there and told her that I was running six miles and that motivated me to actually do the entire six. Thanks Tracey! Of course, now I’m really glad that I did it because tomorrow can be a short three mile run and then I can take Friday off.

Have you ever trained for a race and felt burnt out by the end of training? This always, always happens to me. My training plan isn’t even really vigorous but I’m just getting sick of running ruling my life. Of course, I’ll run the race and immediately sign up for another. That’s just how it goes.

Rainy Saturday

My weekends right now pretty much revolve around my long run. With only two more long runs until the race, I’m in the home stretch. However, those runs are 9 and 10 miles long which are distances that I have to plan for. My planning is pretty basic; I look at the weather forecast and see which day has better running weather. In some cases, I’ll revolve the run around other plans that I might have ie: a party on a Friday night or whatever, but usually it’s just based on the weather.

Since today’s forecast called for rain all day, we decided to do our long run tomorrow instead. Which meant that I had all of Saturday free. I’m not sure how I manage to spend the entire day doing nothing, but I’m pretty good at it. Actually, that’s not true. I went to Home Depot (I practically live at Home Depot), painted the trim in the hallway, took Murphy for a walk and then got to do something fun.


I had a gift certificate for Massage Envy and decided to use it. My left shoulder/upper back is always bothering me and I wanted a professional massage. Turns out, there is nothing wrong with my shoulder that they could find (another masseuse has told me this before too) but I have lots of trigger points in my lower back and butt, especially on the right side. Weird.

I like Massage Envy just fine but I always feel like they’re trying to sell you a membership which is annoying. However, one plus is that it’s in the same shopping center as Whole Foods. Oddly enough, this is the second time that I’ve been to this shopping center in 24 hours and I live like 25 minutes away.


Obviously, I had to stop in and stock up on random stuff that I don’t need. Duh. I came home, starving, and decided to make a quiche. I meant to make it earlier in the week but never got around to it.


Unfortunately, I got a little too hungry while I was waiting and ate a bunch of snacks. It looks pretty though, right? I had to taste a little bit just to be sure. I took a risk and used unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of regular milk because that’s what I had. I hoped that the vanilla wouldn’t be noticeable. Fortunately, it wasn’t and the quiche was really good.


Lentil Quiche
(adapted from

1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup dried split lentils
1 cups water
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk (i used unsweetened vanilla almond, you can use whatever)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning


1. Cook lentils in rice cooker. Or, you could cook them on the stove top for about 20 minutes in water.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
3. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Cook onion in oil until starting to brown.
4. Steam broccoli for about 5 minutes or until bright green.
5. Transfer the lentils, broccoli and tomatoes to the pie plate with the onions, and stir to evenly distribute each item.
6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Pour over the ingredients in the pie plate.
7.Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the center is firm when the quiche is jiggled. Cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Not the most interesting of Saturdays, was it? I guess you can’t win them all. At least I’ll be rested for tomorrow’s run.

Big Green Salad

While a big salad is often my go to entree when I go out to eat, I don’t eat a lot of salad at home. When I go grocery shopping, I usually buy most of my produce for specific recipes, so aside from lettuce and maybe carrots and peppers, which I like to have on hand for snacks, I don’t have a lot of salad ingredients. A lettuce salad equals a boring salad. I don’t know if I was subconsciously craving nutrients when I did my last grocery shopping or what, but I discovered that I had a ton of vegetables in the fridge and they needed to be used.


That would be lettuce, bok choy, broccoli, portobello mushroom, brussels sprouts, tomato, cucumber and avocado. Yup, I think that’s enough for a big restaurant style salad.

I’m not a fan of raw broccoli and I don’t know if you are supposed to eat brussels sprouts raw, but I can’t imagine they taste good if you are. So I decided to roast some of my veggies beforehand.


I combined the mushrooms, brussels sprouts, broccoli and bok choy with a tablespoon of olive oil and then seasoned them with Emeril’s Essence. I roasted them at 385 degrees for 20 minutes.

When the roasted vegetables were ready, I put them on top of lettuce, cucumber, 1/4 avocado and about a 1/4 cup of shelled edamame. Then I topped it all with a little bit of Ginger dressing and some nutritional yeast!


Just like a restaurant style salad, only better. By the way, roasting bok choy isn’t the best idea. It got really limp. (TWSS?)

Going along with my green theme, I had something green for dessert.


Guilty pleasure. Seriously. My name is Lee and I’m addicted to low fat ice cream treats. We can’t all be perfect, right? And if this is my downfall, I’d say I’m doing pretty well.

I keep forgetting to mention this, but Tina and I are arranging an Atlanta Blogger Dinner on Saturday, March 12th. Email me if you are interested in coming. We’re trying to get a final headcount by the 5th.

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