Pregnancy is witchcraft and Composting

I’ve been on this recycling and composting kick lately. I suddenly started to really bother me (even more) that my place of business has so much waste. Of course, I try to eat and give away as much as I can, but there is just still so much.

I’ve decided to do something about it. Personally, I am going to use my own dishes as much as possible, instead of plates at work, which get thrown away.

Instead of tossing expired food in their plastic containers out, I am separating the food into one garbage and recycling the plastic.

Today I am calling different composting companies in the area to see what we can do to reduce waste. It might prove futile, but I have to try. I can only do what I can do.

This will most likely also mean I drink less sparkling water. Even though I love it, it is another bottle, that although I recycle, it still is waste.

I started reading a book by the same author who wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, and it gave me pregnancy dreams. Not the kind you want to have living in a van. I don’t have a place to put that. And honestly, I have no idea how I would get a baby out of my body. It’s witchcraft.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with blueberries, walnuts and sunflower butter

Running: 121:08 minutes

The whiskey in the bathroom

Another Sunday morning opening at CTB. I kind of think of it as church. We found a bottle of whiskey in the bathroom. #blessed

Introducing caffeine hasn’t had any noticeable effect. I feel the same, and I only drink it with breakfast. So I take that as a good sign. Last night I could not sleep for anything, so I listened to the Ultrarunner Podcast with Courtney Dauwalter. What a badass! I think what I like most about her is that she gives no fucks. She wears what she wants, she runs what she wants. It’s just so nice to see a really great athlete like her.

She doesn’t have a coach, and determines what she does each day based on how she’s feeling. It could be a 20 miler, it could be a walk around the block. I really appreciate that.

Speaking of coaching, mine is the best. I think it helps that he’s also my best friend. We can talk about anything.

My sister sent me a few photos from the wedding. On each of the tables, there were those disposable cameras for everyone to take pictures with. We got them developed,

Early Sunday shift means I’m usually tired by 3PM. I’ll see if I get up to Agava today for some picture and video shooting. I can also just edit what I have here. The roads are kind of icy.

I tested out the Saucony KOA today and I like them. The shoes are really cushioned and roomy, since I got the men’s version. I most likely won’t use them for my next race, but maybe MOTG in June.

Breakfast today: cheddar chive biscuit egg sandwich

Running: 30 minutes easy

Chili, Caffeine, Clif Shots

Ithaca Chili Cook-off is today! That means busy at CTB, and taking pictures of the event for Agava. I’m debating doing a bit of biking before I go out there. Sometimes the spinning makes my legs feel good, but I also know I will be on my feet most of the day.

I had two confidence boosting runs this week, which I’ve been waiting for. My hamstring is behaving as long as I take short strides.

I’m sold on the salted watermelon Clif Shots. They are delicious and I can put down a bunch of them. I’m also sold on scones. I’ve been eating one as an afternoon snack for the past week and they make me smile.

I started drinking caffeinated coffee in the mornings. I’ve been off caffeine since JFK in November. However, I want to use caffeine in my races for a boost, so my coach thinks I should introduce some of it back in before race day. Still on decaf for everything else.

My sister did her first 10 mile run of her marathon (!!!) training plan this morning and she didn’t walk at all! I’m so proud of her. I can’t wait to do this race together. If I didn’t mention it, we’re going to Texas in May to run the Silo District Marathon. Run-cation is the plan, road-tripping and stopping along the way is also scheduled.

I’ve been reading Liza Howard’s blog, and I love the format. It’s quick, funny and something that makes me smile. I think if I want to blog more often, the way she does it is sustainable for me. I’ll even include my running time like she does.

If anyone doesn’t know who Liza is, you should. Powerhouse running coach, mom and amazing athlete.

Breakfast today: oatmeal with maple syrup, bananas and peanut butter

Running: 118:28 minutes

Ellie Eats Ithaca #2

Gorgers Taco Shack

I’d heard that if I go to Gorgers, I have to get the Blueberry BBQ sauce. On anything. Why go against solid BBQ sauce advice? I was the only person in the shop, as it had dumped a bunch of snow on us that morning. The guys working were very friendly and my burrito was made quickly. I have to rave about the wrapping of the burrito. It was perfect. Seriously perfect burrito roll. I am a stickler for that, because a successful burrito keeps its ingredients inside. The burrito was also covered in tin foil, another necessity, so you can unwrap as you go.

The burrito itself was very good. Nice flavor, equal ingredient distribution. I’d have like a bit more sauce on the side to dip. Not inside, because then you risk a wet burrito. I got the blueberry BBQ vegetarian burrito with rice and beans and no sour cream. It also had lettuce, tomatoes and pepper jack cheese. Everything worked together well. I left full.

Nikki Green

I’ve been here three times since it opened less than a month ago. I really like it, it just has foods I feel good eating and are also delicious. Nikki Green is the second vegan restaurant in Ithaca. While Ten Forward is more comfort vegan food, Nikki Green is a bit more healthy, but just as delicious. The first time I went I got the Tangi bowl, rice topped with tofu, broccoli, ginger, green peas, sesame seeds and a turmeric dressing. I got a small size, and it was actually enough! I was so surprised, but they did it correctly. The only off putting thing was the big hunks of ginger. I ate one and immediately regretted it. But since they were on there, I just didn’t eat them. They didn’t add to the dish, so many it was a garnish?

The second time I went I got the Nuttin’ But Nuts bowl. It is a peanut butter and banana creamy base topped with cashew cream, macadamia nuts and cacao nibs. I was in heaven, that’s all I can say. Just read the ingredients and you know this was my jam. Everything was perfect. The base was thick, the toppings were perfect. I could eat this everyday.

The third time I went I got the chocoholic bowl. A chocolate and banana base topped with chocolate sauce, cacao nibs and granola. Another great choice. It just tasted so good! I have a hard time not going more, but I’ve got all of Ithaca to eat so…

Sammy’s Pizzaria

Sammy’s was what you expect a pizza place to be or, what you hope it will be. A few customers, great pizza, and a nice staff. I got the white garlic pizza topped with ricotta and mozzarella and tons of garlic. It wasn’t too salty or greasy. The pizza is just the way I like it, thin and foldable and huge slices. The bottom was crispy and not burned and it came out wonderfully melted. I also got another free slice for reviewing them on yelp, so I cannot hate on that!

Ithaca Coffee Company

I must confess all I got here was a scone and I had to take it to go so I didn’t truly immerse myself in the environment. The scone was good. It was cinnamon chip, and had some crunch on the outside. I cannot rave about it because I’ve had better scones in Ithaca. The shop was really cute and I will go back for lunch someday, but I wasn’t blown away this time. The guy also said their most popular scone, the chocolate raspberry, was sold out. Next time!

Press Bay Cafe

I had never been over to Press Bay Alley outside of once when the Star Truck was there. Press Bay Cafe is a hipster coffee shop. It has a small menu, and does one thing well. I got the vanilla maca latte, in decaf. It was actually very good! For great coffee drinks (not just drip) I would recommend it. Would I go there everyday? No, because I really only like drip coffee, but I wanted to try it. Great vibe, quiet, just not my style.

Almost done with my third post! I’m making my way through Ithaca and it’s delicious 🙂

Oh Running, Yup.

I’ve thought a lot about writing about running. It’s such a fickle topic for me, because although it is my favorite thing to do, I struggle to put into words something interesting.

I still run everyday, I’m training for a race, it’s bringing me joy, but really, it’s not anything I have much to say about. I do it everyday, I maintain a practice and it fills me up, and then I move on with my day.

Running gives me a baseline of happiness. One that I bring with me to my workday. Running makes me a better version of myself.

Yesterday I was in the middle of a 10 mile tempo run and felt a twinge in my hamstring. This caused me to reassess the pace of the workout, and bring it home at an easier pace than I was capable of. My hamstring was very sore all day, and I took today off.

I was very upset all day yesterday, almost irrationally upset, based on how my coach saw the workout. To him, I completed it and my hamstring isn’t ready to handle my level of fitness. To me, I was dying.

I let myself worry about it all day, cried a few times, and reassessed my situation. I’m most likely ok. I will continue to monitor it and not do anything to jeopardize the healing. I pray it is nothing.

If it is something, that’s ok too. I will try something else. I’ll heal and make it work. I’m always learning about my amazing body and how it works. I have not failed again, I’ve learned.

I’ve still got my jobs that fill me up, my family and friends who love me and a full life. I can cross-train. I still love movement, and having a bum hamstring does not prevent me from doing that.

Running continues to be a process. And that’s part of what I love.