Last Week’s Workouts {Week of 10/7}

14 10 2013

Last week, I was able to say “One more month til Rev3!” EEK! THERE’S ONE MORE MONTH TIL REV3! I only have a few more weeks of hard work to go so let’s get it done!


I was caught up in work stuff so I got to practice late, but thankfully (or not) Jess had sent a group text with today’s workout: 200 WU, 2000 for time. I finished my swim in about 26:30. I was just going to skip practice because I was so late, but I was definitely happy I got in this swim.


Tempo Tuesday: 14:45 out, 15:15 back for 30 minutes of speedy running. I went 6.1km and averaged 7:55/mile.

I got delayed at work and then had to pick up my friend from the airport so I skipped evening practice.


Swim: 1000 wu, build. Felipe told me that my last 100 should be 1:12. It was closer to 1:16, but whatever. Main set: 15 x 100 pull then 700 for time (it was supposed to be a 1000, but the master’s team restarted the clock so we stopped.) I ended up not getting my time for that last set. whoops.


Track Thursday: 7 x 1000. I had a pretty stellar track workout. My fastest 1000 was 4:24!

PM Swim: This was probably one of the toughest sets I’ve done in awhile! Our main set was 3x {3 x 100s on 1:15, 2 x 100 EZ}. Pretty sure I haven’t done that interval since college! I made all of them, though I don’t think I could have done more that three in a row on the 1:15.

Friday: The pool was closed because of a high school swim meet, and I knew I was traveling Saturday so I would miss my long ride, so I went for an evening bike ride. I rode for about an hour and 20 minutes around Davis Island. It was no 50 miler, but felt good to get some saddle time.

Saturday: REST DAY!

Sunday: I was in Chicago to watch my friend Leah run the Chicago Marathon. I dropped her off at the start, went back to her place and then went out for a long run. I had planned on doing 10 miles, but I was anxious to get back and watch the marathon so I did about 15K (9 miles). Let me tell you- running through a city that is preparing for a marathon is pretty fun. You could definitely feel the excitement (and I got a few cheers and “good lucks” because people thought I was running the marathon, HA!) I’ll recap the marathon in another post, but man was it the perfect morning for a run! I realized after the first 1.5K that my watch was still on cycling mode from Friday’s ride, so I switched it over to running and it reset my mileage. So, I ran 1.53km in 7:52 (on bike mode) and then 13.67km in 1:11. So, grand total was 15.2km in 1:18.52. (5:16/km average). Considering the stops and starts and turn arounds, I was pretty happy with that!





Roasted Pear and Bacon Pancakes

11 10 2013

You guys.


I really wish the lighting was better and the syrup was much more photogenic because these pancakes were probably some of the best I’ve ever made.


The other night, Bill and I were on the phone and we were talking about pancakes (random, I know) and I got this crazy idea to combine bacon and pears into a pancake batter. So the minute we hung up the phone, I pulled out the last three strips of thick cut bacon I had in the freezer and turned on the oven.  I figured cooking the bacon tonight would save me time in the morning.

The next morning, I chopped up two pears and threw them into a pyrex pan with some of the reserved bacon fat and some of my maple & sea salt butter with a dash of cinnamon. I’m pretty sure that might qualify as my best idea ever.


When my house was sufficiently filled with the smell of roasted pears, I pulled them out of the oven and half were mashed and added to the batter. The other half was poured into the blender with some brown sugar and maple syrup. Holy yum!

I really should have consulted with one of my favorite food bloggers ever, because her pictures always look so. darn. tasty. She probably could have given me some tips. I guess these will have to suffice!


Friends, you must try the bacon + pear combo. You will not be disappointed!


Roasted Pear and Bacon Pancakes

3 slices thick cut bacon + bacon grease
6 TBS brown sugar, separated, (3  + 2 + 1)
2 pears, chopped into 1/2inch pieces
1 TBS maple and sea salt butter
dash cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups milk (plus extra if batter is too thick)
2 TBS melted butter (regular)
~1/2 cup maple syrup

How to:

1. Line a baking sheet with foil and bake the bacon at 375°F for about 20 minutes. A few minutes before it is done, drain off the  bacon grease (save it!) and sprinkle on 2 TBS of brown sugar. When fully cooked, remove from oven and allow to cool. (I did this step the night before and kept the bacon and bacon grease in the fridge overnight.)

2. In a baking dish, put the pears, the bacon grease and maple sea salt butter. Add a dash of cinnamon. Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flours, 3 TBS of brown sugar, salt, and baking powder. In a smaller bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, milk, and melted butter (and if you’re feeling daring, a bit of bacon grease if you have any left over).

4. When the pears come out of the oven, scoop out about 1/2 cup of the pear mixture. Mash it up with a fork and allow to cool a little before adding to the wet ingredients.

5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.

6. Chop the bacon into tiny pieces and fold them into the batter.

7. Make pancakes as usual!

8. While the pancakes are on the stove/griddle, add the remaining pear mixture into a blender with maple syrup and 1 TBS brown sugar and blend. Now you have syrup!

Mikel’s Paul Mitchell Experience

9 10 2013


My hair is long. Scratch that, my hair was long.

IMG_9016Over the weekend, I got my hair chopped so that I can donate it to Pantene Pro-V’s Beautiful Lengths program.

“Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society, the largest non-profit health organization committed to saving lives from every cancer and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease. The role of Pantene is to help women grow long, strong,* beautiful hair and provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country.”

My friend Meghann donated her hair earlier this year, and I was inspired to do the same. But at the beginning of summer (probably the most appropriate time for a Florida gal to go short) I just wasn’t ready to chop it all off.  Early last week as I looked at my ridiculously long, WAY overdue for a haircut hair, I decided that it would be this time I made the change.

When I moved to Florida, I asked around for salon suggestions. When one of my friends told me about Mikel’s, where  you get a glass of wine while you wait, I was sold. Mikel’s The Paul Mitchell Experience is a small-ish salon right off of MacDiill in South Tampa. I’ve been seeing the fabulous Dillon K every time I go, and he is awesome. He’s also a child of the 80s, so we bond over “the good old days.” I’m also super impressed every time he tells me about his professional development-he’s a master educator and gets to train others on all the latest Paul Mitchell designs/products etc.!

Once you check in, the hostess (? is that what you call her?) asks you what you want to drink- wine, beer, coffee, soda, water- and brings it in a fancy little tray with some cute flowers.

IMG_5676I’ve never had to wait long, and after only a few minutes, Dillon takes me back to the “Lather Lounge” to wash my hair. This isn’t just your normal pre-haircut wash. There’s a menu of options you can select for how you want to enjoy a few minutes of relaxation while you get pampered- you can get an extra scalp massage, use some aromatherapy, or even get a mini facial. I completely forgot to look at the menu before I went in, so I went with Dillon’s first suggestion: an extra long scalp massage.

After a few minutes of peace and quiet (there’s a “Shhh” sign inside and they play relaxing spa music), it’s back out to the front to get started. Dillon carefully measured the 8 inch ponytail that was required for the donation and with a quick snip of the scissors, it was off! What was left actually ended up not being as short as I had expected, which was somewhat of a relief. Isn’t it funny how the thought of really short hair was scary to me? It’s just hair- it will grow back!

Dillon shaped and straighten up the cut, and before I knew it, I was done and ready for my “after” shot!


I love it! Thank you Dillon! I’m so happy I could donate to a good cause!

And, just for fun, here’s the photo that was posted on Mikel’s Instagram account:

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