Back to cooking!
I’ve missed sharing my food with people. Spring is when we start cooking out and using our outdoor resources to entertain. Beer, smoked meats, and friends!
To get back in the swing of things, here’s what was in the oven today.
Today I wasn’t feeling well and cooking usually perks me right up.
Here’s what I had to work with:
Oven roasted chicken breasts seasoned with Greek seasoning blend
I LOVE to make frittata. It’s just an awesome, easy dish. These ingredients were perfect for that.
I chopped the chicken and spread around in an iron skillet. I added peas and capers and sliced a red onion *very* thin and placed around, as well. Next was the chèvre and grape tomatoes. I whisked 6 eggs with a bit of water and poured in.
Topped with provolone and popped into the oven on 350 for 30 minutes. The last minute I turned on the broiler to get that great golden color.
Here are the toppings I assembled.
And the delicious finished product!
I wish I had added more capers and I think I should have used one less egg and a but more cheese. The balsamic was a huge win!
Little green clamped tight
In desperate need of the Southern sun’s attention
Stingy all these months
But I see that hint of crisp, thick white at the tip
Waiting for the perfect ray to coax it
And peel back that miserly bud
show April what you’ve been holding inside.
I need to plan better. And I think I need to make these warm-ups and cool downs a bigger priority. I’m not quite sure I’m doing them correctly…and that makes me self-conscious about doing them at all.
On the other hand, yesterday I got out there, in the rain, in the 40 degrees, in the puddles and cranked out four miles and four strides. I did not warm-up or cool-down because rain (and I run at the park so warming up at home seems kind of pointless since the drive is between 5-20 minutes depending on where I go.) I felt good! I’m learning what it feels like to pace at 170-180 strides per minute and that makes you faster without trying much harder. I was hoping for a negative split, but I ran out of time.
I forgot I had to take the kids to TKD so I had to bail on the last mile. Again, planning.
Anyway, two more and then it’s easy runs next week before the 16 weeks of the plan actually begin.
Due to wearing a corset during Frolicon for the better part of three days, I got sick Saturday. Nausea, indigestion and just general ickiness.
Sunday, I felt better but not great. I still wanted to try for my 9 miles, but gave myself permission to stop if running aggravated my tummy.
I left the house with a less than fully charged phone, forgot my Garmin, forgot my Body Glide and had no moleskin for the blisters that are still healing from training and running the Georgia Half.
I stopped and got petroleum jelly, which I’d been told is a substitute for Body Glide and some mole skin and blister protectors.
Neither of these things turned out well.
I wound up getting in about 6.2 miles before the chaffing became unbearable, plus warm-up and cool-down.
Hopefully, running this week will be better than last week.
The following is a post I created to explain to my friends why they might find their Fetlife material on Google and why it might be connected to me.
This was written before I’d had much contact with Maymay and, while we may not be friends, he has not given me a reason to distrust his word.
I have since deleted my account. Now that Frolicon is over, I won’t have a reason to use even my photography account I share with a friend.
This is a basic account of what happened. It has not been changed in anyway.
Recently Fetlife has become aware of the Exporter tool created by a user who is no longer allowed access to Fet at all.
During the TOU fiasco I posted to Twitter that I wanted to get my own content off Fet, at which time a tweep sent me a link to the Exporter tool (I knew very little about this user previous to this, besides his name and his work on predators. I was not aware it was his tool until later.)
I attempted to use it and received an error message, which usually means “did not work.” I wasn’t so concerned about “fixing” the error and chose to back-up the content I was worried about losing on my own.
A couple of days ago the Caretakers (Susan Wright) sent me an email in the middle of the night, basically accusing me of outing my friends intentionally. Clearly, or at least, hopefully, you all know I would never do such a thing. This was followed by me freaking out, several more messages between me and SW and me trying to get rest because, you know, a half-marathon on Sunday.
I spoke to several friends, contacted the creator of the Exporter tool and then had Geek take away my access to Fet because I saw the thing start blowing up and I’m already out of Xanax.
1. The creator of the Exporter tool tried to fix it right away and could not because Fet blocked the IP address of his site. Whatever. Right or wrong, both parties suck in my book at this particular moment.
2. When he became aware of that, he created a workaround immediately, I just couldn’t deal with it at that time.
aside (I have also seen an email log where a similar email went out to many users, them all freaking out, many who received the error message or who did not intentionally use the tool, etc. Fetlife’s handling of this was piss poor. I will say the Tool Creator’s response-at least to me-was helpful and fast.)
3. I was shown by several friends where my (and probably your) content wasalready searchable on Google because Fet has a security hole as big as the Big Fucking Bus. I was on there right underneath the friend(s) who did the search.
4. Fetlife made me aware in the middle of the night (1:00am, to be precise) that they changed my password without telling me first so that they could “fix it”. This makes me VERY uncomfortable.
5. Geek did the workaround, it appears to have worked just as advertised so my content is no longer up there.
6. Geek checked via several devices that my stuff is gone from the index site. The index itself is there, but when you click the link, you get a File Not Found error. When Google updates, the index will also be gone. That can take a while, but no content is there so that’s fine. If you were worried about finding yourself through that avenue, hopefully this eases your worry. If it’s still there via an index of mymaterial (and this only applies to maybemaimed) let me know and I’ll contiue to try figure out why and try to fix it.
7. However, if you google “Pecan+Fetlife”, the second search result is MY FETLIFE PROFILE ON FETLIFE (NOTon maybemaimed.)
So, anyone who searches my name and Fet and already has an account can click that link and go right to my profile. This is clearly an issue with Fet which is allowing indexing of Fetlife user profiles, just not their content (which of course doesn’t matter. If Google can take them right to your page, they’ll have access to the content you don’t make private.)
Either way, you’re probably on Google, too. As a matter of fact, we tested this. We found member profiles for 4/6 attempts as the first return by Google, including me and Geek. (If you want to know if you are someone we found, just ping me via email.) In order to limit the damage that THIS does, I’d consult you to a. NOT have a face pic for your profile and b. make ALL your content “Friends Only”.
In short, please know I did not do this intentionally. Please also know that I feel stuck between two parties who have really icky ulterior motives. I may be deleting this account and starting over or not. The email chain between they and I is pretty gross and makes me not so much want to support this site or be here at all.
For now, Geek is continuing to limit my access to Fet because it really is stressing me out.
You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for TBI party stuff or to respond to this writing if you want to yell at me (please don’t do this one) or give information or whatnot. You can also use PeXanPie (link on my profile.)
Fitz PR Plan Day 2
On this day, I had a new warm up and cool down and an easy 5 miles.
No sweat, right?
Turns out only runs labeled as “tempo” are run at that pace. I grabbed my yoga mat and headed to the park. It was gorgeous outside!
I’m doing the Standard Warm-Up and some dude with his dog decided to holler something about my ass and him doing yoga in my direction.
So, I called the bastard out.
“You heard what I said, right.”
“Yeah, I heard what you said. Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I want to be talked to like that.”
“If you were offended, then I’m sorry,” he huffed.
It takes a lot to offend me. I’m not offended, asshole, I’m trying to teach you some damned manners.
Anyway, I went for a sidewalk run, which I usually don’t do. It’s more difficult for me. I’m spoiled on Gwinnett’s great paved multi-use trails!
I forgot my Garmin and had to use Nike+. This usually means subtract .4 miles. I wound up with maybe 4.4, which was okay, in about an hour. Better pacing then usual.
# I did the Standard Core Cool Down, but felt out of place after Mr. Charming earlier. I am sore today, though, so I guess I’m doing it right.
Two days off for #Frolicon and then a 9 mile long run on Sunday. Woot!
Check ya on the flip side and Gentlemen, don’t forget not to holler anything at women you don’t know that you wouldn’t want hollered at your wife/mother/sister.
I’ve decided to blog about my experience with Jason Fitzgerald’s (from Strengthrunning.com) PR plan. I think it will help me to be accountable and also log my progress for those days I feel like I’m spinning my wheels.
So, a little background. Click the link for Jason’s explanation. Basically, it’s a 16 week personalized plan on a nifty little spread sheet. Run days, rest days, warm-ups, long runs, everything is planned out. It’s suited to my height, weight, current PR times and my running goals. I’m planning to run the Running Nerd Summer Heat Virtual 1/2 Marathon and 5k (Pecan’s Bitchin’ 1/2 Marathon and 5k, to be exact) in July. You should, too!
So, my plan actually starts on April 15. This week and next week, I complete weeks 1-2, then the following week I do easy runs…they we’re off to the races.
Today’s mission: Cannonball warm-up, 3 miles (I think at Tempo pace. I sent an email for clarification, but didn’t get a response yet, it’s early still. I decided that’s what seemed correct, so 12:00-12:45 pace I tried to keep.), 4 strides and the ITB rehab cool down.
1. The Cannonball warm-up was easy to follow. However, it was cold (35 degrees with quite a brisk breeze) and the ground was wet. Maybe I’ll take my yoga mat next time. The only part I struggled with were the Rockies, which are push-ups with a clap in between. Hopefully those get easier as I get strong.
2. 3 miles at Tempo pace, working towards 170-180 steps per minute. This was hard. It was cold and my thighs felt like they were frozen. When I stopped looking at my Garmin, it seemed I would slow down significantly. I counted about 160 steps per minute and tried to work towards more steps. Again, I assume this will become less difficult. I finished my 3 miles in about 37 minutes which is about right.
3. 4 strides. This is where, over a 20-25 second time period, you work up to full speed, hold it for 1-2 seconds and then gradually slow down. Very hard. I tried to time it, but I would get going too fast and slow down too fast. I think this might take some practice.
4. ITB Rehab routine. Again, easy to follow. I don’t have the rubber band I need to do this properly (hurry up payday!), but I did all the moves deliberately, making sure my form was the same as the video. I can tell where the exercises focus on the ITB, hips and gultes. I’m scared that it’ll hurt when I get that band!
In all, I felt good (it was weird to only run three miles!) I was freezing my butt off, Spring hurry up! but I’m really looking forward to improving my running.
Also, I’m down 3lbs under my first goal of below 200lbs. Go me!