Friday, January 25, 2008

Tina's Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

In case you wondered about my recipe, like my friend Pony, here's the recipe I used yesterday to make my bread...

Place these ingredients in the bread machine:

1 cup and 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
3 cups whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons vital wheat gluten (found in the baking aisle at the grocery store, near the special flours)
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Set bread machine to dough cycle and turn it on.

When it's finished, knead dough, divide it into two pieces and shape them into loaves.

Freeze one for another time. (This meant my loaf was only a half of a loaf because that's all I wanted to bake.)

Put the other loaf in a bread pan sprayed with non-stick spray.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise about an hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Brush with melted butter.

Note: The ingredients shouldn't be cold. I heated my milk up in the microwave until it was lukewarm, which worked for me.

In the past, I've made the bread in the bread machine only, but I think baking it in the oven makes it taste and look better. This was just my first try with this recipe, so even though I liked it, there's probably room for improvement.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Happy National Pie Day! Really!

Today is a rest day from running, and I had planned to write about pie crust (that is my recipe project this month) and how I've moved on to looking for healthy recipes to perfect, but that will have to wait because there's a new Garmin in town and it looks pretty good. Have you heard about it? It's the Forerunner 405.

It's touch-sensitive, looks more like a watch than the Forerunner 205, and you can track your heart-rate with it. If you want one, you'll need to save up your Christmas gift money and your birthday gift money and if you have anything else special coming up, just ask for money because it's kind of pricey.

The Forerunner comes in black or sage green (I'm voting for the green) and is not really in town yet, but it's expected in stores in late February. That's just in time for I Want You to be Happy Day on March 3rd. (No, I did not make that holiday up.)

~Gotta Run Now

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

My First Television Appearance

I had one of those morning runs where the sun is peeking through the clouds, and even though there are a few gray clouds, you're happy to be running down the road. It didn't look like it was going to rain when I left home, but I wore my cap just in case and I'm glad I did because it ended up pouring. I "squish-squashed" down the road for five miles with an average pace of 10:03/mile. This was another recovery run.

Have you heard about the runner/black belt holder who chased down the thief? No, this is not the beginning of a joke. She found him stealing things in her house and she wasn't going to let him get away with that; because she knew how to defend herself and her belongings, he didn't.

In 2006, I took a self-defense class with DD just before she went off to college. There was a local television reporter who took the class with us and at the end of the class they interviewed some of us who had just taken a "self-defense test" to see if we'd learned anything and I was on the news.

I had just finished screaming my lungs out and punching and kicking three "bad guys" when I was asked what it was like to defend myself. What would you say? I wish that I could write that I said, "After being trained thoroughly in many self-defense skills, I know I can handle anyone who tries to attack me with full confidence." But instead, I said...

Whoa, are you kidding? I'm not going to embarrass myself again! And just imagine that I wasn't a sweaty mess when I was in front of the camera, too, please. I do have to tell you that fighting off three guys who are doing a good job of playing the "bad guy" part was pretty - scary. (Hint, hint!)

Anyone know where can I sign up for a karate class?!

~Gotta Run Now

Monday, January 21, 2008

My Second Television Debut

So this is what it's like to be famous. I've had people come up to me and tell me they saw me on TV this week...well, two of my friends have told me that anyway!

Just after crossing the finish line at the marathon, looking bad enough to warrant one of the medical volunteers to tell me, "Look at me and smile so I know you're okay", I had a microphone in front of me and was interviewed by the local tv channel who was broadcasting from the marathon location.

I didn't write about it on my blog and I hoped that I looked so bad that no one would recognize me. (Wait, I don't think that came out the way I meant it!) But a couple of people have mentioned the show and you know what that means. : (!

Only about two minutes before the interview, I was trudging down the street towards the finish line thinking, "I know I didn't make my goal of 3:50."

But the next thought was, "I'll go as fast as I can. I've got to keep trying." I sure wish my Garmin had been working because I'd like to know if I really did speed up or if it was only a figment of my exhausted imagination.

My family hasn't said so, but they may be getting tired of hearing my marathon stories, but I haven't told all of them yet. Aren't blogs great?!

Last, but not least, today I ran five recovery miles at a comfortable 10:07/mile pace in very uncomfortable cold and windy conditions.

By the way, if anyone else is interested in an interview, just call my agent!

~Gotta Run Now

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Marathon Cheerleaders

I watched a video of the marathon finish and remembered how nice it was that the announcer and the crowds were really excited about the group of us coming in with a sub-four hour time.

Speaking of the crowds, they were great. Over and over again, hearing my name called out and being told, "You can do it!" encouraged me to keep running when I was dragging. My favorite line was, "You trained for this!" To all of those cheerleaders out there, "Thank you very much!"

I hopped on the treadmill again this morning and did another five miles. It was so much easier to run today than it was yesterday, but I'm still taking it easy.

Mile 1- 12:00/mile
Miles 2 to 4- 10:00/mile
Mile 5- 11:00/mile

~Gotta Run Now

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Houston Marathon '08 Race Recap

Just Before the Finish Line
I finished the Houston Marathon in 3:54:03 - my third marathon! When it was over, I was so glad to not be running anymore! It was so hard and the training was pretty hard, too! Maybe I'll try running a marathon again or maybe not. I'll think about it a few days, but mostly, I want to.

Maybe I would have made my goal of 3:50:59 (a BQ) if my Garmin had been working. I was running along at a good pace, but my Garmin got stuck on something like 8:25/mile pace and I thought I was running along just fine and at a pace that would help me meet my goal, but I wasn't.

A friend from my running group who was running the marathon, too, came along and tried to help me finish in my goal time, but I thought she must have been going a little too fast for me and that I didn't have to run as fast as she was going. (Remember, my Garmin was stuck at a good pace.)

We ran together around mile 17 and I didn't think to ask the pace - I didn't know anything was wrong with my watch. If I could have stuck with her I would have BQ'ed, but I lost her when I stopped for a drink of water and I just couldn't catch up. So maybe I wouldn't have BQ'd anyway!

The bad: I missed my goal by three minutes and three seconds.

The good: I PR'ed by one hour, four minutes and fifty-seven seconds! And I finished. And I am not running right now!

I only slept 4 hours the night before the marathon - so no more worrying about lack of sleep anymore! I ate a Powerbar strawberry/banana w/caffeine gel at miles 5, 11, 17 and 23. I drank water at each water stop until the end when I felt full. I didn't listen to music - not a problem.

Houston Marathon '08 Average Pace - 8:56/mi
  • 1st 10K - 8:25/mi
  • 2nd 10K - 8:26/mi
  • 3rd 10K - 8:47/mi
  • 4th 10K - 9:54/mi

Friday, January 11, 2008

Marathon Expo

I ran four easy miles this morning with a pace of 10:00/mile. It was a chilly 43 degrees. I didn't want to run too hard because the marathon is Sunday.

We went to the marathon expo this afternoon and I listened to a talk on race recovery and one of the tips I learned from the speaker, Roberta Anding, was to eat within 15 minutes of finishing. I think I've heard to eat within 30 or 45 minutes, but not 15. So I'll try to refuel soon after I finish running from now on. I don't know about you, but sometimes that's hard to do. There are a lot of things I need to do when I finish running and eating is something that is easy to put off.

I came home with a bag of stuff: an ice pack, food, lotion, a bandana with a map on it, water bottles.

I tried a new Luna bar - Pistachio. I was surprised that it was greenish. Cinnamon is still my favorite.

I tried a new Clif bar - Blueberry. In the past, I tried Clif bar and didn't like them, but Blueberry was good and fruity.

I like the gray marathon t-shirt all marathon runners were given this year and I saw the t-shirt that the finishers will receive and asked how much it was because I liked it, not knowing it was the one I'll be given when I finish. So there's another incentive to finish the marathon: gotta get that shirt!

I bought two car decals. I needed them. Yes, I really did. I have one of those cars that everyone else seems to have also and this way I'll be able to find mine in the parking lots. I got one that says "26.2" and of course, I had to buy the one that said, "Gotta Run". It's not Gotta Run Now, but it's close enough. Someday, I'd like to get one that says, "BQ"!

Note: Since one of my wonderful readers may not be up on all of the running lingo, to BQ is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. (And I'd really, really like to do that!)

~Gotta Run Now

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fortune Cookie

I broke open a fortune cookie tonight and this is what was written on the little paper inside: About time I got out of that cookie. : )
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