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Foodie Friday

October 29, 2010

Since I took a little break from running (coz of this knee issue), I don't have much to share about it so I'll be talking about food today.  I've been trying out new healthy recipes lately and I'd like to share some of my favorite ones with you guys.  I wish I had a better camera so I can at least give justice to these dishes.  But trust me, they're good!


This would make a nice starter or appetizer.  But for me, this is already lunch. Haha!  You may serve the Hoisin Sauce on the side but this recipe says to mix it in already.  I think it's less messy that way.

Asian Lettuce Wraps


2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 lb. ground chicken

2-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely grated

2 scallions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons lite soy sauce

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1/4 cup chopped peanuts

1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated, cleaned and dried

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1.   In a skillet over medium-high heat  add the vegetable oil and saute beef until brown.

2.  Stir in ginger, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and hoisin and cook for 1 minute.

3.  Remove from the heat and stir in the peanuts.

4.  Season with salt and pepper and serve warm wrapped in lettuce cups.


Fall is finally here so that means warm soup is in order!  I usually make my pumpkin soup, but I like this coz I don't need to use potatoes.

Butternut Squash w/ Coconut Milk & Ginger Soup


1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped (1/2 inch pieces or smaller)

4 carrots, chopped (1/2 inch pieces or smaller)

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 tsp of finely minced ginger

100 ml of lite coconut milk

1/4 cup of cashews, ground

1/2 tsp salt


1. In a non-stick frying pan, put the carrots, celery and squash in a 1/4 cup of water and simmer with a lid over the veggies.

2. Blend the coconut milk with ginger, cashews and about 1/2c of water until the liquid is smooth.

3. Add the liquid mixture into the frying pan with the vegetables and simmer until all the veggies are soft.

4. Pour the mixture in to a blender and blend until it is smooth...and salt or any alternative to taste.

I really loved this Salmon dish. Mmmm...it's high in protein and good fats (Omega 3 baby!) and provides a full day’s requirement of vitamin D.  What's not to like? =)
Baked Salmon w/ Tomato and Basil
adapted from eatingwell.com


4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 lb. wild salmon fillet

1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

3 thin slices of  medium tomatoes

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


1.    Preheat oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

2.    Mash minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon salt on a cutting board with the side of a chef’s knife or a spoon until a paste forms. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil.

3.    Measure out a piece of heavy-duty foil large enough for the salmon fillet. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil and spread the garlic mixture all over it. Sprinkle with basil. Overlap tomato slices on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

4.    Transfer to the oven and bake until the fish flakes easily, around 15 minutes. Use two large spatulas to slide the salmon from the foil to a serving platter.

Well, that's it!  Bon Appetit! I'll try running again tonight (after a 4 day break) and I hope my knee doesn't hurt anymore. *fingers crossed* Wishing you all a fabulous foodie Friday!

  • Is there anything new you'll be cooking this weekend?
  • Any dishes/treats you've been looking forward to having all week?
  • What is your favorite go-to protein food?


Wordless (?) Wednesday

October 27, 2010


*first 2 photos borrowed from a friend on dailymile.



October 26, 2010

Hi! My name is Julie and I'm known as Hotlegs Runner...but I'm thinking of changing it to Stupid Runner. Ugh!


Ok first let me share some fun pictures from last weekend....


Our good friends, Joty and Cris Rodriguez (with their son, Aiden), treated us to a lovely Japanese Ramen lunch.  We ate at Daikokuya and I tell you, it doesn't get any more authentic than this.  Their ramen was superb!  Would've been perfect to have on a rainy day, but the sun decided to come out that day even if it was in hiding the rest of the week!  Still, it was a fantastic experience. Perfect timing too since I needed to carbo-load for my long run the next day.

I didn't finish this on my own.  Shared This ginormous bowl w/ my daughter.

For dessert we had some Strawberry mochi ice cream.  I love plain mochi, ice cream mochi, any kind of mochi!!!

Mochi is a traditional food popular in Japanese cuisine, made from specially treated rice.  But this one was stuffed with creamy ice cream! Mmmmm....

So that same night I prepared everything I needed for the next morning's long run: 19 miles!  I was scared and excited at the same time.  I put aside what I was gonna wear, put 6 GU gels in my hydration belt pouch, KT Taped my ankles and feet and wrapped some sport tape around my toes.  I slept 2 hours earlier than usual.


Fast forward to the next morning...


Started my run at 7:30am.  Everything was a-ok until I hit mile 13.  The right side of my knee started to hurt riiiight here...

It's on the side of my right knee.  In between the two joints which I think is the patella and the bone on the outer right side of my knee.  Sorry not familiar with anatomy!  I didn't twist it or anything.  I just felt it.  Never ever felt pain in my knee area before. =( When I would take walk breaks, it hurt even more but would disappear whenever I'm running.  So I had to forego the whole 5:1 Galloway plan and just ran the whole time until I finished.


And how in the world did I manage to injure myself?  Well, I read my calendar wrong!  I was just suppose to do 17 miles (27K) today but ended up doing 19 miles (31k) instead which was supposed to be for next week! STOOOOOPID!  I was so pissed at myself!  I can't afford to get injured 6 weeks prior to THE DAY (my first full marathon)!


I was assured by bloggie friend, Jason, that this seemed like nothing more than pure soreness because of the big mileage jump.  I R.I.C.E.-d it and took ibuprofen and it's feeling a little better now.  Though I don't know if that's coz of the meds or if I'm actually healing.  Hoping for the latter!


Thanks also to Mark for giving advice on treatment and strengthening exercises. Ugh!  I still can't believe what I have done to myself.  Though I'm pretty proud and happy that I was able to finish the 19 miles.  My farthest distance, so far. =)


I'm scheduled to run 6 miles (10K) tomorrow and 5 miles (8K) on Friday. Both are easy runs.  I'm going to listen to my body and see if I can do it.  God knows I need to.


Any suggestions to speed up my recovery?


Are You a Runner or a Jogger? Does it Really Matter?

October 23, 2010

Check this out...


This ad was posted on our Runners Facebook Group and to be really honest, I wasn't so sure what to feel.  I tried re-reading it and looking at it from different perspectives.  This whole running vs jogging dichotomy I find very interesting but surely it also raises a lot of eyebrows (mine included!) -- the former being "the serious ones" and the latter being just "the hobbyists".


There is indeed an elitist tone to this ad which kindda rubs me the wrong way.  For me, if you're not walking, you ARE running.  But that's just me.


This is certainly a thought-provoking ad which I'd love to discuss with my fellow runners/joggers. I am at a loss for words as of the moment.  Still trying to analyze how I really feel about this or if I am even at all affected by the whole runner and jogger debate.  Though it makes me want to analyze myself if I am really a jogger or a runner.  But then again, does it really matter?!


Your thoughts on this?




UPDATE: Just got back from my 10K Tempo run and here's what I did (and would usually do when I hit the pavement)... I started walking first, then progressed to a jog for up to 2 kilometers and then started speeding up and ran a pace of 5:30-ish.  So there.  I walked, jogged and ran.  So I am all three if you'd like to label it - a walker, jogger and runner, thank you very much! *bow* =)  Frankly, I'm just happy I got out there!


Jeff Galloway Video (Part 1)

October 23, 2010

Last month, about a week after my Disney Half Marathon, I got an email from Emily of RunDisney  asking if I would be interested in embedding and sharing  a 4-part training video series from Jeff Galloway on my blog.


Just in case you haven't heard of him --- Jeff Galloway is a US Olympian, the Disney Endurance Events Official Training Consultant and Founder of the Galloway Marathon Training Program (RUN-WALK-RUN™ method). This method has helped a lot of runners all over the world, including myself!


Yes, I am a Galloway Girl and I owe all my PRs to this method. I usually do this with my friends who pace me.  I have tried doing an all run versus the run-walk-run doing the same distance for both and I realized, I finished at the exact same time.  Only with the Galloway method, I looked and felt less beaten and exhausted.


Here's a picture of me and my friend, Gail,  with Mr. Galloway at the Disneyland Half Marathon at the Disney Health Expo last month...

Meeting Mr. Galloway

And here's the first part of his video....
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Run – Walk – Run Method

The Jeff Galloway Run – Walk – Run method has helped thousands of runners get started. By alternating running with walking you conserve energy, reduce fatigue, reduce injuries and run farther. How fast do you need to run and walk? Once you decide your minute per mile goal, you adjust your run – walk pace accordingly. Let’s get training.

As you know, Jeff Galloway isn't the only one who doesn't believe in stretching before a run.  There's still an ongoing debate about it but I say do what works best for you.  I have tried stretching and not stretching before a run and personally, I feel better when I do a fast walk first then progressing into a slow jog for about 3 minutes and then doing some light stretching after. This method of warming-up works well for me and complements the run-walk-run that I do after.
The Galloway method really works well for me since I feel it helps me conserve enough energy so I can kick it during the last few miles.
  • Your thoughts on this method?
  • Have you ever tried the Galloway method before?  If not, are you willing to give it a try?
  • Do you stretch before a run or not?


Thankful Thursday

October 21, 2010

The three things I am thankful for this Thursday....

1.  I finally got my RoadID.  They sent me one to review which only means...a RoadID Giveaway soon! Yey!  I really think (other than water and a cellphone), every runner, cyclist, triathlete, hiker, walker or any one who does outdoor sports, should have this with them.  Better safe than sorry.  It really can save your life.  I can't believe I've been putting off ordering one because I didn't know what quote or phrase to engrave at the bottom.  Finally decided on... 


It's like a "finish the phrase" kindda thing which I think is pretty versatile and can apply to different situations, not only sports.  Should keep me motivated.  Thank you RoadID!

2.   So Mike and I bought a weighing scale last night at Bed Bath and Beyond. And... scale says I lost another pound! Thank God!  I now only have 4 more lbs. to lose before I reach my ideal race weight. It wasn't easy losing 6lbs.  I actually thought I reached a weight-loss plateau when I lost the first 5. As my mileage increases every week, my body is naturally craving for more carbs.  Strangely, I have recently acquired a sweet tooth!  Yikes!


3.  Last night, a fellow runner shared this video of Roger Bannister who ran the first  sub-4-minute mile in history.  Over half a century later, it still is one of the most iconic achievements in the history of running.  Thank you, Sir Roger Bannister for setting the bar high!

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Watching the video, I wondered what kind of shoes they were wearing during that era and I found this on the net...

If you look closely at the below image of Roger Bannister crossing the finish line you’ll notice the simplicity of the shoes he is wearing. Again, they are mostly a thin leather slip with a rigid sole void of major supporting structures that we currently see in today’s running shoes such as a prominent heel and arch support.

We certainly have come a long way with regards to running world records and running shoes. =)

  • If you own a RoadID, what quote did you put at the bottom?
  • What are the recent goals you set for yourself?

Have an awesome Thursday, everyone! =)


Rude Awakening

October 21, 2010

I turned 37 years old two months ago and I'm really starting to feel my age.  I think my body is slowly making me realize that I am not the young gal I used to be. Duh!


Vision - Last week I got my eyeglasses.  Not reading though.  I'm near-sighted -- I can't see well when it's far.  So, if I want to continue to safely drive my car and not miss street signs or exits, then I'd have to wear these...

hello four-eyes!

Thank goodness I only need to wear them when I'm driving!  It took me a while to pick a nice frame.  One that didn't make me "look old!"


Endurance - After my 15 mile  run last Monday, my body felt like it was run over by a bus...repeatedly!  Normally, I would feel better after a day or two but I still felt tired a week after.  Then I started to hurt in "new" areas of my body like behind my knees, my hamstrings and my back! You know, I've always wondered what kind of a runner I would be now had I discovered this wonderful sport at a younger age. *sigh...  I guess I'll never know.


Metabolism - I'm starting to panic!  I only have 6 weeks to shed 5 lbs. before my first full marathon.  I need to reach my ideal race weight.  I've tried everything already.  But after losing 4 lbs., I hit the dreaded weight-loss plateau.  It's like my body is telling me she wants to maintain this current weight. Ugh!  When I hit the age of 30, that's when my metabolism started slowing down.  And I started to gain the lbs. exponentially.

I sometimes dream of going back to that age when I could eat anything I want and not gain a single pound. That would be around age 26 or 27.  I think those were the years when I looked my best.  Seems like light years ago! I was much younger then and physically active being a dancer by profession but I was a smoker and I ate A LOT of fatty, processed and junk food. Strangely, I feel at this point in my life, I am my most healthiest! I quit smoking when I started running, I've been exercising regularly and have been eating the right food.


As you can see, what I'm talking about here is not about "looking" my age, but more like, "feeling" it. Yes, age is indeed just a number.  But a number --- or numbers that are slowly increasing as the years go by.  Nonetheless, I embrace these changes.  What else is there to do anyway?  It sucks, that's for sure, but I'm just happy I'm still here and able to achieve most of the goals that I set for myself. And that I am still "somehow" physically and mentally able to do so. Now where's my cane? Hehe!

  • Do you feel your age?
  • Do you feel more tired than your age suggests you to be?
  • At what age did you feel you looked or felt your best?
  • Any secrets you wanna share for looking and feeling young? =)


Gear Review and Giveaway: 'SPIbelt'

October 18, 2010

I was so excited when SPIbelt sent me a sample for me to review.  I regret not getting one at the Disneyland Fitness Expo last month.  Anyway,  I opened the package in front of my fiancee and when he saw it he said, "Your iPhone won't fit in there." He read my mind.

Sleek and Roomy

The pouch looked so slim and tiny!  I grabbed my iPhone and quickly unzipped the pouch.  That's when I realized that the pouch was made out of stretch material.  Not only did my iPhone fit... my keys, and a powerbar was able to fit inside as well.  Wow!  I mean, look how thin it is...

It will definitely keep your running essentials safe and secure!


One of the running belt's feature is that it is adjustable -- fit waists 24" - 40+".  So even my guy can borrow this from me.  I'm a petite girl so I loved that it fit snuggly on my low waist. See...

Ok, I'm lying.  That's not me.  This is me...

Anyway, you get what I mean right? If I get any thinner, I might need to get the kid's size!

Available in different Colors and Styles

I was asked to choose any style I wanted to review.  I really had a difficult time doing so!  There are just so many! All of them serve a different purpose.  They have a Reflective SPIbelt, Race Number Belt, Dual-Pocket Sport Belt and even a Diabetic Belt.

I chose the Energy Belt because, I didn't want to put my energy gels inside the pouch.  Having it just hanging out and exposed will be so easy for me to just grab one.  It can carry up to 6 of my GU™ packs.  I used it during one of my long runs and it was really convenient having to just pull out those gels.

I have to be honest and tell you that I fumbled with this belt quite a bit when I used it the first time.  My iPhone was in it and the screen was facing my body.  While I was running, it bounced and hit my abdomen which made me feel uncomfortable.  I tightened it (up to the tightest it could go) and I remembered what Cathy from SPIbelt told me, "Remember to wear it low (waist, not hip) and relatively snug, so that there is no riding or bouncing". It felt better after the adjustment. There is one thing I would recommend though to future users.  If you won't be ordering the Water-resistant or Water-proof SPIbelt, I suggest you keep your phone inside a small ziplock back or plastic.  If you'll be using the belt for wet and dirty environments or if you sweat heavily, then these will be perfect for you...

Water-resistant SPIbelt and Water-proof SPIbelt

I love my SPIbelt!  I really do.  I also own a hydration belt which can be heavy during those long runs.  So... I'm seriously considering using this SPIbelt for my first marathon in December.  I want to run swift.  Therefore, it will help if I "travel light". =)

And it's time for the SPIbelt Giveaway!  One lucky reader will win a SPIbelt of your choice!  This giveaway is open to everyone.
I will announce the winner this coming Sunday, October 24.
See how you can join HERE.
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Bed Weather = Laziness

October 07, 2010

I've been complaining last week about the heat wave here in California.  Last Sunday, I prayed for cooler weather this week.  I didn't only get cool weather, but it's been raining as well.  God sure has a sense of humor! Cold and rain?  Not good for me.  My body responds to this dreary weather by acting all sleepy, sluggish and lazy.  Baaaad for training.

not my cat

this is my narcoleptic lazy chihuahua, Tiffany

I almost didn't make it to the gym the other day coz I wanted to take a nap or watch TV instead.  I ran yesterday morning but my drug (endorphins) didn't do much for me.  I still wanted to just stay in bed.  But apparently, my will power is so much stronger since I was STILL able to get my bum off bed and did my workout for each day. It wasn't an easy battle though. I am reminded of the quote I posted on my Facebook page the other day...

"Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body. " - Lynn Jennings, 9-time champion of the USA Cross Country Championships

I couldn't agree more with this! Strong mind and good mental discipline! We all struggle with bouts of laziness.  It is perfectly normal to feel this way once in a while.  But I guess I can easily overcome it for these reasons... 1.  I absolutely dislike procrastination and non-productivity. 2.  I know at the end of the day, I will hate myself for being lazy and not accomplishing anything. 3.  I think of my goal: to finish my first marathon before the cut-off time. So for any of you who have been feeling some sort of slothfulness the past few days...you are not alone.  We should just remember Nike's slogan, -- JUST DO IT. I'll leave you with some tips on overcoming laziness:

  • Start your day with some prayer, inspirational reading or meditation to snap you out of your lazy spell.
  • Ask yourself, why you are training.  What is this for?  The answers should leave you inspired and motivated.
  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up.  It's a good habit that will give you energy and kick up your metabolism the right away.
  • Coffee - self explanatory, hehe!
  • Reward yourself with a special treat when you're done with your run, workout or whatever it is you set yourself to do for the day.


Aaaaannnd... that's what I'm going to be doing now.  I am done with everything I have to do for the day since I am writing this blog the night before it's actually posted (love scheduled posting!).  So I shall check my fridge and see what I deserve for getting things done for this day. *Don't forget to join my KT Tape giveaway!  The more the merrier!  There will be two winners!  Check it out HERE!

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  • How do you overcome laziness and procrastination?
We could all use a good tip! =)


Post-It "Positive" Note Tuesday

October 05, 2010

It's Post-It Note Tuesday and I have some good news to share...

Hope you can all join the giveaway!  The more the merrier!  There will be two winners!  Check it out HERE!

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  • What's your next race event?
  • Are you feeling the cold?
  • What's your favorite go-to healthy choices?


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My Thoughts on Running...

Every other afternoon, as the sun begins to set, I stick my feet into my running shoes, turn up the volume on my iPod, step outside my condo ...and RUN. From there it's like I slip into another world -- It's just me, my iPod and the pavement. Everyday I have this urge to get out of my place for a while if only to run. Running alone gives me time to think and it somehow offers me a sense of tranquility. And sometimes, I think I come back a better person than I was before I stepped out.

I run, Therefore I am.

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Legend: CT - Chip Time OT - Official Time
UT - Unofficial Time
2010 Race Schedule
1/17 PSE Bull Run (5K) 31:41:00 OT
02/7 Condura Race (21K) 2:42:20 OT
02/21 Century Superbods Run (10k) 00:00:00 OT
03/21 Globe Run for Home (21K) 2:36:34 CT
04/11 Mizuno Infinity Run(15K) 1:44:11 OT
05/17 Earth Run (21K) 2:27:38 OT
09/05 Disneyland Half Marathon (21K) 2:24:08 OT
2009 Race Schedule
11/15 Timex Run (5K) 34:39 CT
11/29 New Balance Power Run (10k) 1:10:54 UT
12/06 Conquer Corregidor (16K) 2:24:39 OT
12/20 Phil.Star Celebrity Run(10K) 1:14:19 OT

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