Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Job

I have had a busy few days...thus the lack of timely blogging. To catch you up to speed:

Sunday ended up being a leftovers kinda night, so my menu has been pushed back a day. So Monday we had the Zucchini Ginger Pasta from the Kind Diet. Super easy and quick, which was very important since I didn't finish work (new job...more about that in a minute) until almost 5 and then Mr. Kummerow and I went to the gym for a long swim (1500 yards) and didn't get home until almost 7pm. Tired and hungry we threw together this quick and easy.

Just penne pasta cooked and mixed with sauteed zucchini and onion and ginger juice (grated ginger squeezed). Served with a salad and, of course, sparkling water!

New Job: love, love, love it! Ok, so it has only been one day, and I nearly broke the kid's ankle...but I know I'm going to love it. I am nanny-ing (if that is even a word) for two kids after school. School doesn't start for another week, yet day camp is out for the summer, so I had them all day yesterday and I will watch them tomorrow as well. This is fun, because I get to just play with them and get to know them. Starting next week I will have to make them do homework and eat dinner and all that jazz.

So the kids and I set out for the playground first thing in the morning. I grabbed my book, thinking I could catch up on some reading. That certainly didn't happen...we were only on the playground ten minutes before an earth-shattering wail escaped from the boy. So apparently handicap swings are a serious playground danger. As he swung forward, his foot became trapped between the swing and ground and pulled his foot in an awkward stretch...possibly resulting in a sprained ankle. Poor kid. It didn't seem to bother him too badly in the pool later when we went swimming, but all the way into the theater for Toy Story 3 he limped. And on the way home, after sleeping- in which case I fully expected him to forget and lay off the drama- he still limped his way into the house. It was a busy day...and despite the ankle...the 3 of us still managed to have a good time. Bonus: his mom didn't fire me for injuring her kid on the first day! Kids will be kids.

So tomorrow I have a fun day planned for us. Yesterday was a "get to know them" sort of day. I did what they asked and fed them what they wanted. Tomorrow will be a "get to know me" sort of day. I have to run an errand to Charlotte anyway, so I think we will swing by Discovery Place for some educational fun. I also hear they have a great cafeteria- all local and organic food. I am excited to feed them something a little more "Tanya-friendly". I think their mom is excited that I eat so well- and may rub off on the kids a bit. Then I think we may do something a little more active in the afternoon- kayaking, bike riding, something. I suppose it depends on the ankle!

So this whole "boy", "girl" and "kids" thing is going to get old. Tomorrow I will have to come up with some blog-worthy nicknames for them...and I will need their help.

So rewind back to today...this morning I had an excellent run. The run group at the Y on Tuesdays and Thursdays has turned into just the 3 of us: John, Kristen and me. We did 3 miles today and John must have had a little extra kick in his step (probably because this is week 1 of marathon training for him) because we really flew through that run. In fact, that is probably my fastest run ever. 3 miles: 26:48- those are sub-9 minute miles! 8:56 to be exact! WOW! Ok, so I definitely don't want to do that again in a hurry, but it felt incredible to know that I could move that quick!

My breakfast this morning was unfortunately not as exciting...I was lazy last night and didn't make my Vegan Overnight Oats. No biggie- I just planned to have regular oats, eaten warm...the old fashioned way! That would have been all good and fine, except I decided to empty the last of the blueberries in the oats and discovered that I absolutely, positively, without a doubt, DISLIKE blueberries in my oats. Never again. I suffered through a few bites before giving up. I actually made another whole bowl of oats, and went with the usual: bananas and raisins- a winning duo!

Lunch was a bit more worthy of photography. Leftover Rice Waffle with toasted eggplant, tomato sauce with a slice of avocado and fruit on the side. Yummy! That cutie you see at the bottom is the pluot I mentioned before (from Absolute Organics). Very similar to a plum and very juicy and delicious!

Since I have been experiencing incredible runs this week...I feel compelled to share even more with you than just my marathon goal. I have a busy season coming up! Here is what is on the race agenda:

October 9: Triple Lakes Trail Run in Greensboro, NC
This is an incredible race and will be my 3rd time out here. My first year was my first 1/2 marathon! Last year I ran a 7-mile leg of a marathon relay and this year I expect to do 11-13 miles of an ultra relay. We travel with all women and carbo-load at Macaroni Grill the night before, run the race and then stop by the HUGE farmer's market and Jason's Deli (my fav) on the way home. I can't wait for this race!

December 11: Thunder Road 1/2 Marathon in Charlotte, NC
This will be a "step back" week in my marathon training. This fall, as part of fundraising efforts for Girls on the Run, I am leading a Solemates (charity running group) training for the 1/2 marathon. So I figured I would run it with them since I'll have to do 13 miles anyway that day! By the way, you can still sign up for this group if you are interested! We start training on September 18!

January 16: Rock and Roll Arizona Marathon in Phoenix, AZ
Last but not least...THE MARATHON! I will be in Scottsdale for a Girls on the Run (GOTR) Summit so what the heck! Many GOTR woman will be running the 1/2 and full marathon so I will be fully supported and travelling with my wonderful GOTR friends! Then we will get to relax in beautiful Scottsdale after! What better excuse to run a marathon? I am pumped! I am doing the Solemates Charity Running Team for this race to raise money for Girls on the Run! My goal is $1000! (more to come on that soon)

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