minutes per mile blog http://minutespermile.com having fun and getting fast | Nashville, TN Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:43:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.14 friday! http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/16/friday/ http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/16/friday/#comments Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:43:59 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=21202 Morning! Grey day over here. BUT, it’s 60 degrees and it’s Friday. This week flew by and was a total blur. Lots of early-early morning baby play dates as we eased back into the eastern time zone, and some late nights catching up on THREE episodes of The Bachelor in only four days. It was exhausting. (The Bachelor, not the baby.)

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Made it out for four miles today, and hoping to tackle a longer run tomorrow! I’m still considering the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC half so I suppose it’s time to start training. Anyone else running it?

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^^ Yep, shorts and t-shirt weather today! However, we’re supposed to get a “wintery mix” tomorrow. Crazy.

Steak salad! This was a good one. The best part was the homemade croutons, which are far superior to store-bought. Speaking of which, thanks to everyone who commented on the homemade kombucha discussion yesterday! I’m still researching but might give it a try. Regarding homemade nut milk — I don’t drink any nut milk, but Anthony does on occasion. So, I might give that a shot per your recommendations too! Bring on the beverage battles.

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In other kitchen-related news, I saw this article on Runner’s World today and thought it was so funny! I agree with all of their statements except for #9. I love salad tongs. Using a fork and spoon to scoop out salad requires two hands, making it impossible to hold the salad bowl at the same time.

rw-articleJust another day of deep discussion on the blog. Have a great weekend!

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a run outside + latest kitchen experiments http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/15/a-run-outside-latest-kitchen-experiments/ http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/15/a-run-outside-latest-kitchen-experiments/#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:58:58 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=21191 Hello! Jetlag = blog lag, so sorry for missing out on a couple of posts this week. We are slowly getting into the swing of things, and today I managed to squeeze in a morning run outside.

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Three quick miles before the day began. It felt so good to get it over and done with! Now I just need to learn how to carve out an additional 15 minutes for a shower after my run. Oh well. Maybe when the kid is 18?

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Also feels good to be back in the kitchen this week! Cook Smarts to the rescue. (BTW, if you are interested, today is the last day to sign up for a free one-month Cook Smarts membership!) On Tuesday night we threw together a Caesar salad. We made this recipe a few weeks ago and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. Apologies for the poor quality/dark lighting phone photo + paper plate — it was 8:30 pm at this point and I was hangry!#reallife

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Yep, that’s a side of bagel you see. I’m still going strong on my latest baking craze. Getting a little closer to perfection with each batch!

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Also on the menu this week: miso chicken soup! Basically just normal chicken soup with a bit of Asian flair (miso, cilantro, lime). We had a bunch of the ingredients already chopped and ready to go in the freezer, which made making this dish a breeze. Simple but tasty!

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I also went with these bean-based noodles. Best non-spaghetti spaghetti I’ve tried to date, and on sale at Aldi this week if you’re interested!

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Other grocery store finds: tap kombucha at whole foods. Something tells me this might be my new home cooking/science experiment (because bagels just aren’t enough). Anyone out these make kombucha at home? Is it worth the effort?

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See you tomorrow!

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back home http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/13/back-home/ http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/13/back-home/#comments Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:41:55 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=21181 We made it! That was a loooong 26 hours of travel.

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The jetlag is going strong over here and yesterday was a bit of a blur. There was no way I was up early enough to go outside for a run before Anthony left for work, but A and I were able to squeeze in a quick 30 minutes at the gym later in the day!

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I didn’t have the motivation to unpack my actual running shoes so these Nike Frees had to do. Do any of you actually run in these shoes on a regular basis? I love them for walking and around the house, but they’re clearly not built for distance running. No support!

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Rewinding back to the last bits of our trip… including a day at the beach! Little A loved the sand but wasn’t too sure about the water :)

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We stopped for fish and chips after our big morning out, and then spent the rest of the day packing and resting up for the big trip home. Right before the sun went down I slipped out for one last run.

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I covered three miles on the above path, which is technically a “bikers only” trail. I guess that makes me a rebel. Not like it matters because I had the trail to myself — no one else was crazy enough to go out there with stormy skies!

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And I’m off to continue unpacking and catching up. My to-do list for the next few days includes watching both episodes of The Bachelor that we missed while we were gone. We started watching a little bit when we got home Sunday night (priorities, people) — paired with a sleeping baby, long hot shower, Vietnamese takeout, and a well-deserved beer! Felt great after stuffy airplane life.

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What’s the longest trip you’ve ever taken? The 26-hour Australia/US trip is a long one, but my record is still the 38-hour Indonesia/US journey!

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brisbane eats & adventures http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/08/brisbane-eats-adventures/ http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/08/brisbane-eats-adventures/#comments Fri, 09 Feb 2018 04:08:23 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=21171 One of my favorite Brisbane runs!

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Whenever we come to Australia I request three things: 1) eat at least one iced coffee; 2) run up Mt. Coot-tha; and 3) run along the Brisbane River. Today we ticked off #3!

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The Brisbane Riverwalk is simply the best. Flat, shaded, wide trails with beautiful views and all the other things runners love like water fountains and restrooms. I wish that DC/NOVA had a park like this — it puts Rock Creek Park to shame 😉

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We covered a leisurely eight miles plus some change. I’ve liked all of my “tourist pace” runs here but am looking forward to spicing things up with some speed work when we get back home! I’ve tentatively committed to running the DC half marathon in March so need to start shaping up…

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After I typed the above sentence, I Googled the race to see what the actual date is. Now I see that it’s in four weeks. Is that enough time to train? Eek.

At least I’m doing well on the carb-loading front.

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Anthony and I went to a fabulous Italian restaurant the other evening for date night. We filled up on lots of antipasti, including polenta sticks stacked like tetris blocks.

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Last night we cooked for the whole family and made enchiladas. It was a real treat since Mexican food is rare on this side of the world. The Mexican section of the grocery store was so tiny, though I was impressed to find my favorite chiles in adobo sauce! Would have been a disaster without them.

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Speaking of sauces, a bottle of Stubb’s costs $9 over here. Maybe just buy a bottle of wine instead?

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Let me leave you with this wonderful fruit called a longan! It’s like a lychee but a little less sweet.

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Tell me the most exotic thing you’ve ever eaten!

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carbs and trails http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/06/carbs-and-trails/ http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/06/carbs-and-trails/#comments Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:47:52 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=21163 Let’s kick off this post with some street furniture!

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And cake. My mom-in-law made a beautiful heart-shaped treat for baby girl’s first birthday. I was in charge of sprinkle duty, and chose pretty pink sparkles. #girlmom

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Other carbs of late include BAGELS! I’ve brought the bagel craze to Australia. This time we used molasses instead of honey or malt barley. I think malt barley gives a slightly nuttier flavor, but the molasses was nice too. Fellow bagel-makers — what do you use? And do you put the sweetener in the dough, in the water, or in both?

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Toasted and sandwich-ed:

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With a side of coffee! I love the “morning tea” tradition here and we’ve used it as an excuse to eat dessert at 10 am just about every day.

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Now that I’m all caught up from yesterday’s post, here’s a shot from this morning’s run!

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Anthony and I covered about four miles at a very leisurely pace — I think our final average was something like a 10:30/mile! Lots of stops to walk and navigate through some non-paved, hilly trails.

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Tonight we’re letting the grandparents handle bedtime while we go out for date night! Brisbane folks — any restaurant recommendations in the Rosalie area?

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kangaroos, cake, crazy hills {australia part 2} http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/05/kangaroos-cake-crazy-hills-australia-part-2/ http://minutespermile.com/2018/02/05/kangaroos-cake-crazy-hills-australia-part-2/#comments Tue, 06 Feb 2018 04:46:24 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=21136 Hello! Our time in Brisbane is blowing by. I’ll try to catch you up as quickly as I can :)

Starting with lots of running! So many babysitters + beautiful weather means that Anthony and I have been able to get outside for a jog just about every day.

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A few years ago I wrote about Brisbane’s insane hills. They are still here.

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On the plus side, the inclines do lead to some beautiful lookouts! On a cool, rainy morning Anthony and I climbed our way up Mt. Coot-tha.

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Another day, another trail.

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I’ll end the running recap with a few Garmin photos. The hills, heat, and my mother-in-law’s homemade cookies might be catching up with me…

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Speaking of family, that’s what this trip is all about! We’ve been spending lots of time with everyone and introducing A to her Australian relatives. On Sunday we had a big baptism + first birthday bash for the little one. So proud of her!

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Which is more impressive: The hair bow above or the cake below?! Beautiful all around.

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A trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without a koala!

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And kangaroos of course.

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Other animals spotted at the zoo: Wombats, dingoes, and cassowaries.

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Nap time is coming to an end and it’s time for another iced coffee. Goodbye and g’day for now!

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down under! http://minutespermile.com/2018/01/30/down-under/ http://minutespermile.com/2018/01/30/down-under/#comments Wed, 31 Jan 2018 04:07:31 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=21121 We made it all the way to Australia! Traveling for 24 hours with a baby was a piece of cake ;). All you need is a firm grip on the stroller with one hand, firm grip on the coffee in the other.

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We arrived in Brisbane on Tuesday morning (also known as Monday afternoon in the Eastern time zone) and settled in at my in-laws’ house. Alice was ready for a nap and even though Anthony and I wanted to nap too, we struggled through the sleepiness and went for a run. Sometimes the best way to beat the jetlag is to “sweat it out,” right?

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Hot, hilly, sleep-deprived miles! Ouch.

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Post-run pastry feast. The rest of the day was spent playing and eating lasagna. Aaaaannnd I might have given in to a little nap, after all :)

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In anticipation of a rough night, Anthony and I went to bed not too long after we put the little one down around 7:45. We were shocked when she slept through the night! As a result we woke up feeling quite refreshed today. I set out for four sunny miles. So much GREEN! (and so many hills!)

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For all of my longtime blog readers who loved street furniture, here’s something special for you:

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Which Garmin photo do you like better? Please vote in the comments.

Option #1, from DC a couple of weeks ago:

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Option #2, from Brisbane a couple hours ago:

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Tough decision :)

When we visited Australia in 2013, I was surprised that when I ordered an “iced coffee,” I ended up getting this:

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Five years later, this little “lost in translation” scenario makes for the perfect excuse to drink a milkshake at 10 am. A seemed to be on board with the idea as well.

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By the way, I took lots of photos and notes for an upcoming travel tips post, as requested! Let me know if you have any other post ideas in the comments. If not I’ll just keep the running and dessert photos coming :)

 

 

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packing up! http://minutespermile.com/2018/01/26/packing-up/ http://minutespermile.com/2018/01/26/packing-up/#comments Fri, 26 Jan 2018 13:21:52 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=21117 I needed a reminder on why it can actually be nice waking up in the wee hours of the morning. Ta-da!

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Three quick miles before we had to get the day started. I still haven’t showered yet because I wanted to sit down as soon as possible to talk to you fine people!

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Local readers — is anyone running the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC half this spring? I was thinking today that maybe I’d sign up. It’s been too long since I ran up the Calvert St. hill.

Anyways, today’s to-do list includes cleaning out our fridge, showering at some point, buying Alice some shorts, and starting to pack up for the big trip down under! If you’re a new reader, you might not have learned yet that Anthony is from Brisbane. Flashback to our last Australia adventure in 2015:

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I can’t wait to run in summer weather again. My poor ears are still numb from this morning.

One last meal to share from the week. Hot and sour soup + veggie fried rice. All that spice called for a crisp beer, too!

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I’ve never had hot and sour soup before so I have no idea how authentic this was. After the soup simmered for a while, we stirred in some whisked eggs right before serving. Never done that before!

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And so the weekend begins. See you from the other side on Monday, sometime probably close to 2 am US time!

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bachelor, biscuits, and a bit of a run http://minutespermile.com/2018/01/25/bachelor-biscuits-and-a-bit-of-a-run/ http://minutespermile.com/2018/01/25/bachelor-biscuits-and-a-bit-of-a-run/#comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:35:06 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=21113 Hello! No run this morning because we were up too late watching The Bachelor. Three girlfriends came over to watch the EPIC DRAMA unfold. What do you guys think of Bekah M? Too young? And Krystal… ugh!

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I threw a bunch of stuff in the slow cooker for an easy “everyone help yourself” kind of chili. Ground beef, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, diced tomatoes, and chili powder + cumin. Plus all the toppings and THIS delicious buttermilk cornbread.

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I purposely went for a buttermilk cornbread because we had half a gallon on hand (why don’t they sell buttermilk in smaller quantities? Seems like a scam) to use up before we leave on Sunday! I bought it to make buttermilk biscuits the other morning (at 4 am). Baby girl is in a “I want to pick up my own food and serve myself” phase so I thought soft buttery biscuits might be a good option for her. They’re light and soft enough to pick up and bite, but firm enough to hold without crumbling. Perfect for little hands!

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Excuse the bad photos because like I mentioned, I made these at 4 am when there was no sunlight and I was half asleep. Apparently the secret to fluffy biscuits, just like pie crusts, is to keep the butter extra cold while you “cut” it into the flour. The recipe I followed recommended using a cheese grater to shred the butter. Interesting approach!

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I thought my biscuits turned out okay — not great, but not bad for a first attempt at homemade biscuits. They were a little tougher than I was hoping they’d be, and the whole grate/cut/chill the dough seemed like a bit too much effort.

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Will I buy Pillsbury refrigerated biscuit dough next time? Probably so :)

And before I forget, here’s a little run recap! I went out for a jog on Sunday and am just telling you about it on Thursday. Where do the days go?

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We were in a hurry to get to brunch, so I had to run extra fast! BTW, I plan on writing a post about how I got faster after giving birth. Spoiler: The big secret is that I have no time anymore, so I am forced to do speed work in order to survive :)

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And per your comments yesterday, I’ll also plan on doing an “international travel with a baby” post when we return from Australia in a couple weeks! I will try to check in one more time before the big trip. And back to The Bachelor — any tips for how we can watch it in another country?!! I’m so stressed about possibly missing two episodes!

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5 miles, 2 dinners http://minutespermile.com/2018/01/24/5-miles-2-dinners/ http://minutespermile.com/2018/01/24/5-miles-2-dinners/#comments Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:37:25 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=21103 Morning! Yesterday slipped away from me. Today got off to a good start with a solid five miles!

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It was dark and windy but not too cold out there. I felt a little meh on this run but now that I’m showered and sitting down with a warm cup of coffee, I feel so good that my workout is out of the way and the rest of the day is wide open!

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Legs were a little sore because I went to the gym TWO days in a row. Usually I consider it a win if I do any sort of strength/non-running workout once a week! So I get an extra gold star for these efforts.

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Plus I need to boost my strength for our trip to Australia next week! Lots of carrying a baby through airports and on airplanes for oh, say… *just* twenty hours or so. NBD. Despite the epic journey, I’m excited for our trip!

Lots of fresh veggies for the start of the week, and then over the weekend we will work on cleaning out all the leftovers in our fridge/freezer before we take off. Here’s a yummy Thai chicken salad we started with on Sunday:

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Loved the veggie crunch and cashew sauce!

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I know I rave about Cook Smarts all the time, but one of my favorite things about their meal plans is that they sneak in little efficiencies like doubling sauces and starches to use in multiple meals for the week. Our big batch of cashew sauce returned for round two on Tuesday in this sesame-ginger pork tenderloin dish.

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In other news, my venture into Ben & Jerry’s ice cream continues. Their vanilla is good, but I wouldn’t say it’s better than Talenti. The B&J chocolate fudge brownie flavor, however, is a whole other story. No photos because the pint seemed to have disappeared in a single day.

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Off to stock up on more ice cream. I’m having a Bachelor viewing party tonight so obviously we will need it!

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