Monday, August 10, 2009

Lake Night Rest and Early Morning Run

My official training has started today and I'm glad to report that my 3 mile easy run for the day is DONE. Yey! Some of you suggested for me to get more mileage on the next four weeks but I decided to start with the training plan instead. It's my first time using a program and I was worried with how I would respond to following scheduled runs as compared to running whenever I felt like it. I figured I should start now and see how it goes so that I could have more time to make adjustments if needed. Obviously, it's still too early to tell if I like sticking with a plan. Waking up today knowing that I had a 3 mile run per schedule was enough motivation for me to lace up and hit the road though. I wore the Mizunos for their second run and I'm loving them. They now have 8 miles shaved off their running life. :P The Asics have yet to be tested sometime this week. Now, I'm including shoe details on my training log to also keep track of each pair's mileage.

Backing up to the weekend that was, Saturday was spent by the lake with friends and their kids. Naomi was so full of energy the entire day. She tried to learn how to use her mom's camera but gave up after 2 seconds.

{Never too young (or old) to learn something new!}

She also played by the lakeside under the watchful eye of K, entertained us with her funny dancing, and ran around while waiting for the sun go down.

{Oh to be a kid again!}

We got to the lake a couple hours before the fireworks so we had plenty of time to kill. Onigiri (rice balls), cold tea, and chips were passed around along with fun conversation. When I asked Jacob (whose 6th birthday it was that day!) what he misses most about the US, I got an honest and funny answer: STUFFED CRUST PIZZAS! He asked why in the world don't Japan and Canada have them?! Don't they really have those in Canada? We have those back in the Philippines so I thought it was available everywhere. Then it was time for fireworks.

{Lake Pic Before Battery Fail}

My battery died on me so that's all I got to show for you. :D The show was better than I expected. It went on for an hour and there were a lot of oohs and aahs from the crowd. Whenever everybody thought it was the finale, we would clap in appreciation but the show went on with more surprises. It was a great night.

Sunday was more laid back: reading, veggie shopping, dropping by friends' place and later walking in the park. I got home and baked brownies for this week's running fuel. :P They worked on this morning's run. :D Even if its hot hot hot, that didn't stop me from making Thai Green Curry. Yeah, it came from a can but all these fresh veg more than made up for health points, right? Carrots, eggplant, goya, kabocha, and soy beans - it was an explosion of flava! The curry had 4.5 chili points and boy was it HOT! I love the creamy coconut milk and sharp taste of lemon grass .

{Veggie Thai Green Curry on Rice Penne}

To balance the heat, this simple and quick salad was just the right side dish. Mushed tofu mixed with wholegrain mustard made a creamy sauce for some organic cucumbers bought from the road stand. Not too pretty but definitely refreshingly good.

{Cool as Cukes}

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. I hope it wasn't as hot and humid as it was here! Stay cool and happy Monday!


  1. That's a beautiful lake picture.
    I'm glad your training plan is off to a good start!

  2. I wish I were training for something! These babies have got to heal first :( Your weekend sounded splendid. Have a great day!

  3. Gorgeous pics :)

  4. We have stuffed crust pizza in Canada!!! SO good but SO bad for you, haha!

    Looks like a fabulous weekend!

  5. We've got stuffed crust in Canada... or at least, we used to. Popularity in it has gone waaaaaay down over the past 10 years. You never see any advertisements for stuffed crusts anymore.

    How much fun would it be to have birthdays for our running shoes after we run a certain amount of miles in them? Hehe.

    Beautiful photo of the lake.

    - Sagan

  6. Awh, Naomi is too cute! Love all the pics!!!!

  7. aww congrats on the easy 3 miles & good luck with your training!!
    haha you know, I have never had stuff crust pizza! I need to get on that asap!

  8. Your pictures are so amazing. And Naomi is such a darling! And kabocha in Green Thai curry! Awesome! No wonder the flavors were exploding in ur mouth!

  9. Love all the pics...and Naomi is so cute! :D Looks like such a FUN weekend. :D

    I can't wait to hear what you think of the asics. I know everyone is different, but I've had a great experience with them so far. :D

  10. Japanese fire works shows are the best!
    The little girl is so cute...oh to be that carefree again! lol
    Brownies are the best fuel evah!