General goals + our sunny Saturday!

Hi friends!

Welcome to the last week of January! Now that we’re almost one whole month into 2018, I would like to know: did you make any New Years resolutions, and if so, are you still sticking to your goal?

A couple years ago I made a resolution to run 2000 miles over the course of that year. Between my Garmin watch (I have the Forerunner 620 – HERE) and my training log, I have been tracking all my miles for years. I was well on my way to achieving that 2000 mile goal (I made it about 1500 miles)… then I got injured. Boo! :(

This year I didn’t make any specific resolutions. However, I do have some goals for life in general, one of which is to incorporate more fish into my meals. So far I’ve been sticking with this pretty well! I cook salmon about twice a week, and it has been a lovely addition to our meal rotation. :) Friday lunch involved salmon, black beans, brown rice, salsa, corn, bell pepper, onions, and tomato!

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Another life goal I have is to incorporate more strength training into my workouts. When I’m in marathon training, I normally do hip/glute strength exercises to support healthy running. These exercises include clam shells, single leg squats, and hip hikes, among others. When deep in training, I also faithfully stretch and foam roll (this is the roller I have). It is weird but I find it easier to stick to a strength/stretch/roll routine when I’m consistently running higher volumes. It’s a LOT harder to keep up with all the “little things” when I’m not preparing for a specific race. But I know I really need to stay on top of it, regardless of where I am training-wise.

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Looks like my favorite balega socks (similar ones here) are going to be sporting an extra hole very soon. I got these 2 years ago on sale from RunningWarehouse.com <– my absolute favorite place to buy running stuff! (they have great deals and free 2 day shipping) These are some of my most frequently worn socks, especially during winter because they come up above my ankles. I wear them ALL the darn time, so it’s no wonder they are looking a little threadbare!

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Our Friday night consisted of sweet potato, pork, steamed broccoli, and a movie (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). We made it through 45 minutes before calling it a night. The movie was “meh” — not my cup of tea, but Joel enjoyed it. We finished it later in the weekend.

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On Saturday my friend Priscilla and her family were supposed to come over for the day (she lives in Queens) but her 7 month old came down with a fever. Poor little guy! We rescheduled their visit for February and I’m looking forward to seeing them when Edgar is all better! It was about 45 degrees (nice and mild!) so Joel and I headed outside to enjoy the lovely day. It felt great to walk around outside in the sunshine!

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Afterward we grabbed lunch at the deli. There were a ton of university students inside the deli — I think most of the group consisted of the Quinnipiac lacrosse team. I ordered a cup of chili for my lunch, and Joel got clam chowder and a roast beef sandwich. Our food took quite a while to come out (probably because it was so crowded) and the very friendly manager apologized to us for keeping us waiting. We weren’t in a hurry so we didn’t mind at all. When our meal finally arrived, the manager told us it was on the house! We weren’t expecting that in the slightest but it was a nice turn of events. :)

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Sunday morning involved an earlier-than-usual wakeup time (or maybe it just felt earlier due to staying up late finishing the rest of the King Arthur movie) and church. We stuck around for a bit afterwards chatting with various friends. Speaking of, Joel and I were laughing about how as kids we were always super impatient when our parents would take forever chatting after church (let’s goooo) but now here we are doing the very same thing lol!

We headed over to a semi-recently discovered Indian restaurant, Zaika! They have a great lunch buffet and since we arrived before their lunch rush, it was fairly quiet. It felt like we had the whole place to ourselves :) They had a different spread on offer this time around, including a lamb curry (amazing!) and a new dessert.

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The dessert this time was Golub Jamun :) This sweet little treat brings back some memories! Years ago in Texas my friend Anita introduced me to the huge variety of Indian desserts… we went to this incredible sweet shop in Houston that had probably a hundred different Indian treats. Joel and I went back a couple times to sample a few and were never disappointed. I wish I could remember the name of the exact shop, but all I recall is it is on Hillcroft Avenue. Nevertheless I can VERY MUCH appreciate the deliciousness that is Golub Jamun! :)

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There’s nothing like a refreshing glass of water! Another one of my general goals is to drink more water every day, and so far I have been doing pretty well :)

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Question: does it count if the water is consumed with hot chocolate? hah :)  My Sunday afternoon consisted of a good chunk of time with my nose buried in my book. For some reason I felt a little chilled, but a mug of hot chocolate sorted that right out. I am halfway through my book (find it HERE) and very much enjoying it! There are so many interesting themes and the characters are so rich. Strangely, the main character (the narrating voice) is the least developed as of yet because the story has mostly revolved around the grandparents and parents. It’s been an interesting thus far, so no complaints from me. I have heard that the second half of the book is mostly about the very unique main character, so I am excited about that :)

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Joel serenaded me with a couple songs — it’s a good life :) Before we started dating (about 15 years ago), my friend Priscilla taught me how to play the acoustic guitar. One day she and I were in the dorm lounge where she was teaching me new chords so that I could play a song. I remember Joel randomly walked in and chatted with us. We sorta had crushes on each other at that point :) He grabbed a guitar and effortlessly played the song I was trying to learn, making it look way too easy. Just one of the many things I thought was pretty cool about him. Ah memories :)

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What book are you reading? Do you play any musical instruments? Your favorite Indian dessert?

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15 thoughts on “General goals + our sunny Saturday!

  1. I didn’t make any resolutions and I’m still working out. Hillcroft near Harwin maybe? There are so many good Indian restaurants here, hell, so many good restaurants period, that it’s hard to choose!

    1. There are countless amazing restaurants in Houston! We always appreciated the diverse (and delicious) options! 😁

  2. What a fun weekend! I remember dreading going to church when I was younger since my mom would always find someone to talk to afterwards. My siblings and I would always try to pull her away without being obvious ha!

    1. Haha! That sounds about right! So funny how things change as grown ups, I actually look forward to catching up with people after church!😁

  3. I am the same way with slacking on my foam rolling/mobility work since I’m not heavily training for anything right now. When I was training for my half marathon last year it was a near daily practice and now it’s maybe once a week. I agree though it’s important to keep it up! As far as books I just finished up “Life After Death” by Damien Echols last week. I’m still wrapping my mind around all of it so I haven’t started anything new yet. I have eaten Indian food (I love chicken korma!) but never tried any Indian desserts. Unfortunately the area I live in is not overly diverse when it comes to ethnic food and I haven’t ventured to the next county to try out the Indian restaurant there yet.

    1. I always wonder why the extra strength/rolling is so much tougher when I’m not training but I am glad to hear I’m not the only one! I will check out Life After Death — sounds interesting!! Thanks for the suggestion! Oooh i am totally with you on chicken Korma, it is sooo good! 😀

  4. You are wise to do all of the other things that should go along with running high mileage. I never did, and now I’m paying the price for it. Lesson learned, the hard way. I hope that whatever races you run and goals you set go AMAZINGLY.

    1. I am totally with you — I have learned that lesson the hard way too — ouch! It’s crazy how important all those other things are!

  5. I didn’t make resolutions this year but my new agenda has a spot for monthly goals so I am using that, but mainly just for things I want to get done

    1. That sounds like a good idea! i feel like writing down my goals always makes them more tangible and “real”! :)

  6. Sounds like a full and fantastic weekend! To answer your questions (and I’m sure you’ll be happy about this), the answer is YES. Chocolate counts as water intake – so long as anything you consume has water in it – it counts – fruits, veggies, chocolate. You might want to consider water to dilute the sugar and coco but, it counts nonetheless! And yes – I play the clarinet! <3

    1. Yay! I’m super happy to hear that hot chocolate counts towards my water intake! Good call on adding extra water to dilute the sugar. 👍 Oooh one of my very good friends played the clarinet, and when we were kids we used to play duets (I played the flute) — fun memories! 😀 thanks Evelyn, i hope you have an amazing day!!

  7. Awesome..cheering you on. I don;t play any instrument but I feel I will sometime. I don;t have the tie to read but that is also on my list of to do.

    1. I know what you mean — it can be tough to find the time to do extra stuff! It’s crazy how busy life can get! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have an awesome day! :)

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