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13 June 12
Triathlon…panda style.

Triathlon…panda style.

10 May 12

Sketches post-run from 4/13

10 December 11

My new shoes, the Brooks Green Silence!

Had heard great things about these sneaks for a while, including thumbs up from No Meat Athlete's Matt and Runblogger's Pete.  I was looking to transition to a lighter, more “minimal” shoe, but since I live in a city and do most of my runs in on asphalt and other hard surfaces, it seemed unwise to jump head-first into barefoot-running-type kicks. These seemed like a good transition shoe, have a wider toebox than most racing flats/minimal-ish shoes (my feet are kinda wide), and I couldn't resist all the amazing “green” aspects!

From Brooks’ website —

Key Green Features:

  • BioMoGo, the world’s first-ever biodegradable midsole for running shoes
  • 75% of the shoe’s materials are post-consumer recycled
  • Biodegradable insole and collar foams
  • Laces, gillies, and reinforced webbing are 100% post-consumer recycled
  • Water-based adhesives are used throughout
  • All dyes and colorants are non-toxic
  • Packaging is 100% post-consumer recycled

Constructed with roughly half as many parts as comparable shoes, the Green Silence requires less petroleum and energy to make. Of course, the shoe manages all of this while delivering the premium performance expected from Brooks.

Reduce your carbon footprint. Move forward. Run Happy®.

Took these babies out for a 4.5 mile run yesterday morning and they were so comfy!  Definitely felt a lot lighter though less supportive than my Nikes, but no soreness etc. afterwards :D  And though I felt like I was going slower trying to get used to this, still managed to hit 8:17min miles for a regular morning jog…not too shabby. Love the way they look, and I feel like they definitely make more more conscious of mid-foot striking.  Time will tell how they fare for definitely big props for the time being.  Even if they don’t end up being ideal for racing/long runs etc., I have a good pair of stylish, Earth-friendly shoes to show off!

Oh, and did I mention vegan ultramarathoner/general superhuman Scott Jurek wore these for over 165 miles at the 2010 AU 24-Hour World Championships to set a new American 24-hour record? Baller.

22 November 11
Final version of Runners, done in colored pencils! Very happy with the outcome :)(initial sketch posted on September 23)

Final version of Runners, done in colored pencils! Very happy with the outcome :)
(initial sketch posted on September 23)

19 November 11

I haven’t been very consistent with my posts lately, but wanted to give a recap of my first half-marathon!

I ran it two weekends ago, on November 6th (the same day as the NY ING Marathon).  However, instead of New York City, I got the rural back roads of Newburyport, MA.  The race was called “All Women & One Lucky Guy” - every year, guys enter a raffle for the chance to run the race with all the ladies.  It was a beautiful, scenic course, and the weather was in the mid-50 degrees: a perfect fall day!

I ended up running the race in 1:45:29, almost a full 15 minutes faster than my original goal of 2 hours.  Needless to say, I felt awesome!  Literally, the run felt really great, which means I am either built to run this distance/pace (more so than 5Ks and 10Ks) or I trained really well for the event.  Either way, I’ll take it! It also occurred to me that at this pace, I could qualify for the Boston Marathon (3:40 is the cut-off time for my age group), which is pretty crazy considering the fact that I never imagined myself running long distances even a few months ago.  I am already very please with 13.1 miles…qualifying for Boston would involve doubling that distance at about the same pace. haha…one step at a time…just enjoying the moment!

That about wraps up my racing season for the year, which is both a relief and a little sad.  Fitness wise, going to try to focus on getting better at yoga during the winter, maybe try a Master’s swim group, and potentially partner with Jeff for some bootleg P90X action…we shall see, teehee.

Pics: My friend Brittany, who ran the race with me, and I pose with the One Lucky Guy; finisher’s medals; me thoroughly enjoying the race; huge bag of Lara Bar samples from the race…jackpot…love their raw tasty goodness!

9 October 11
A Thrive-inspired “pizza” made with the lovely Claire tonight!
Totally wheat, flour, and gluten-free, this baby is packed with tons of fiber, nutrients, protein…a.k.a stuff that fills you up fast, haha.  Also, since it’s baked at 300 degrees, essential fatty acids in the oils stay healthy :)
Crust:- 1 cup cooked chickpeas- 1 cup pumpkin seeds- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder- 3 tablespoons cumin- 1 pinch of smoked sea salt- 1/4 cup of coconut oil(process in food processor until it’s a pasty consistency, then spread out on a pizza pan lined with a light layer of coconut oil)
Pepper pesto topping:- 1 cup raw cashews- 1-2 cups basil leaves- 1/2 orange bell pepper- several generous tablespoons of nutritional yeast- salt and pepper to taste- 1/2 cup of water(process cashew, basil, and some of the water until smooth, then add in other ingredients and continue mixing until a good saucy consistency)
Other toppings:- 1 small sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced- other 1/2 of the orange bell pepper- spinach…as much as you can pack on!
Cook in the oven for 30-45 minutes depending on desired consistency.  We left ours in for about 37 minutes, and it was great but the crust was definitely extra crisp - reminiscent of a sesame cracker.
Still have 2 slices left over but am quite full!  Hope this serves as a good pre-race meal for the Tufts 10K for Women tomorrow.  Running along the Charles and starting/finishing at the Boston Common seems fun to me nonetheless, though a good finishing time wouldn’t hurt either!

A Thrive-inspired “pizza” made with the lovely Claire tonight!

Totally wheat, flour, and gluten-free, this baby is packed with tons of fiber, nutrients, protein…a.k.a stuff that fills you up fast, haha.  Also, since it’s baked at 300 degrees, essential fatty acids in the oils stay healthy :)

Crust:
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
- 3 tablespoons cumin
- 1 pinch of smoked sea salt
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
(process in food processor until it’s a pasty consistency, then spread out on a pizza pan lined with a light layer of coconut oil)

Pepper pesto topping:
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1-2 cups basil leaves
- 1/2 orange bell pepper
- several generous tablespoons of nutritional yeast
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup of water
(process cashew, basil, and some of the water until smooth, then add in other ingredients and continue mixing until a good saucy consistency)

Other toppings:
- 1 small sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
- other 1/2 of the orange bell pepper
- spinach…as much as you can pack on!

Cook in the oven for 30-45 minutes depending on desired consistency.  We left ours in for about 37 minutes, and it was great but the crust was definitely extra crisp - reminiscent of a sesame cracker.

Still have 2 slices left over but am quite full!  Hope this serves as a good pre-race meal for the Tufts 10K for Women tomorrow.  Running along the Charles and starting/finishing at the Boston Common seems fun to me nonetheless, though a good finishing time wouldn’t hurt either!

6 October 11
Just went on an AMAZING 10.16-mile run with a bunch of new gear, including my new Zensah calf compressors and my new heart rate monitor!  According to it, I averaged 154 bpm, and ran the distance in 1hr26min06sec (8:34 pace!!! The new beats and fear of the so-called “esplanade attacker” probably helped, too).  Hope to keep this up seeing as I just signed up for my first half-marathon in exactly one month!
Now, nothing better than a recovery pudding inspired by Brendan Brazier :)
The thing I love about them is that you can definitely vary the ingredients to get pretty different results, but by applying his principles, you still get the benefits of a delicious recovery snack packed with all the nutrients your tired muscles are craving/needing! Today’s version (2 servings’ worth):
- 2 bananas- 1 cup blueberries (used frozen ones in this)- 1/4 cup of soaked pumpkin seedsJust kinda eyeballed the following ingredients (flexible)- 2 big scoops of flaxseed powder - 2 big scoops of Trader Joe’s chocolate-flavored hemp protein poweder- 1 scoop of Trader Joe’s Very Green powder- 1 scoop of raw cashews
Into the food processor they go, and voila!  Fast-track to recovery and being back at it in no time (I hope) :)

Just went on an AMAZING 10.16-mile run with a bunch of new gear, including my new Zensah calf compressors and my new heart rate monitor!  According to it, I averaged 154 bpm, and ran the distance in 1hr26min06sec (8:34 pace!!! The new beats and fear of the so-called “esplanade attacker” probably helped, too).  Hope to keep this up seeing as I just signed up for my first half-marathon in exactly one month!

Now, nothing better than a recovery pudding inspired by Brendan Brazier :)

The thing I love about them is that you can definitely vary the ingredients to get pretty different results, but by applying his principles, you still get the benefits of a delicious recovery snack packed with all the nutrients your tired muscles are craving/needing! Today’s version (2 servings’ worth):

- 2 bananas
- 1 cup blueberries (used frozen ones in this)
- 1/4 cup of soaked pumpkin seeds
Just kinda eyeballed the following ingredients (flexible)
- 2 big scoops of flaxseed powder
- 2 big scoops of Trader Joe’s chocolate-flavored hemp protein poweder
- 1 scoop of Trader Joe’s Very Green powder
- 1 scoop of raw cashews

Into the food processor they go, and voila!  Fast-track to recovery and being back at it in no time (I hope) :)

23 September 11

Early sketches for an illustration that I am currently working on!

Based on all the very diverse, sometimes quite eccentric, and always welcoming running community :)

22 September 11

Triathlon Season recap


That’s me on the right with the Xterra X on my chest

It’s been a while since I posted…how I’ve missed you Tumblr!  It’s easy to forget to update if you get out of the habit. 

I wanted to write a quick triathlon season recap.  I must say, I definitely did really well in my rookie season!  Three races (two sprints and one olympic distance), and 1st, 2nd, and 1st in my age group respectively!  Granted, there aren’t that many triathletes in the 20-24 age group, but winning is still exciting and encouraging.  Makes me feel like I’m becoming a semi-legit age group triathlete, not just a former swimmer who gets by on my first leg.

July 9, 2011 - Dam Triathlon (1/2 mile swim, 12.3 miles bike, 3.2 miles run): 1:22:57 August 7, 2011 - Urban Epic Triathlon (1/2 mile swim, 8.9 miles bike, 3.9 miles run): 1:13:32
September 10, 2011 - Lobsterman Olympic Triathlon (0.93 mile swim, 24.7 mile bike, 6.2 mile run): 2:47:05

I already signed up for a race for next year…the 2012 Amica Providence 70.3 Ironman! I’m not sure what came over me, but it was a mixture of several things…
1.) I was nervous for the Olympic distance but had a lot of fun with it…why not go higher?
2.) Might as well try out the 70.3 while I am still in that “easy” 20-24 age group!
3.) Ironman-branded races are badass
4.) There’s no place I’d rather do my first half-IM than my old stomping ground of Providence! (and the swim is in my boyfriend’s old home town)
5.) Two of my girlfriends have done this race, each twice.  Must be pretty good to keep them coming back for more!
6.) Got an early registration discount
7.) This quote:

When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air,

you suddenly know what you are hoping for.


Already excited to start training!
Have the Tufts 10K in a few weeks (yay for free registration through work), and maybe some fun 5Ks here and there.  Hoping to do my first half-marathon soon since more or less in shape (or could get in shape) pretty easily after having trained all season.  We shall see!  Fall and the start of the school year usually means focusing on art stuff, so hope to find a good balance. And of course…to have fun in the process :)

14 July 11
Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh