Long Run Sunday, Brunch, And Bison

Today’s Mini Goal: Call or email a friend I haven’t talked to in a while.  I always feel better when I keep in touch with the people I love; it makes me happy!

I had a happy little Sunday!  I hope you did too!

Started with a looonnngggg run.  I was only supposed to do ten miles but for some reason I could only imagine doing two loops of Central Park, so I made it a 14 miler, with three fast miles (haha, relatively speaking) at the end.  It was cold but still sweaty.  I felt really strong during the second loop; it seemed like I could feel my individual muscles working.  I felt powerful and lean and good!  I was happy about it.

Came back and made an excellent weekend brunch.  Weekend brunch is the best meal ever.  What’s your favorite thing to make on weekends?

I sauteed two slices of walnut raisin bread in coconut oil.  The oil gave it the perfect coconutty flavor.  I heated up a chopped pear and half a chopped apple with cinnamon in the microwave.  When the bread was warm and a bit crusty I topped it with the pear, part of a container of coconut yogurt and peanut butter.  Heaven.  In breakfast form.

Yesterday Sophia did a post about a stew that she made that reflects her name and her personality.  I think that my brunch and my dinner today both reflect me!  My brunch was the perfect combination of the familiar and the exotic; a new twist on an old classic.  I like to think I’m a classic woman, but also very unique, although I’m not sure I have proof of this.  The coconut in the breakfast added the perfect amount of sweetness and nuttiness; I’m not overwhelmingly kind or crazy, but they’re definitely there.  And warm fruit with cinnamon is such a delicious, happy thing.  I strive to be happy.  And, of course, everything was smothered in peanut butter, which adds flavor and depth to a meal.  I think I’m substantive, but also light when need be, just like peanut butter.  Yum.

After inhaling this pile of deliciousness I scooted down to Union Square for some more yoga at Yoga Shala; this time with my cousin.  The class wasn’t super challenging, which was just what I needed for today.  Pigeon pose has never felt so good.

Ate more food with my cousin afterwards at a cute vegan cafe.

The rest of the day has been full of lots of reading, nibbling, and a bit of relaxing.  Nibbles ranged from hot chocolate to dried pineapple to this masterpiece:

This, my friends, is a carrot tower and it is officially the most exciting way of eating vegetable in the entire world.  My carrots were jsut sitting on my plate, and although tasty, I wanted something more.  Suddenly, I thought, why not build a carrot cabin?  It turned out more tower-like than cabin-like, but nonetheless, it’s pretty cool. Simply remove carrots (or vegetables of choice) one at a time and dip them in a giant pool of almond butter,

Try not to topple it!

Oops.

If you have kids, or if you’re just a kid-like adult, you should try this.  I haven’t ever had this much fun eating my food, let alone eating healthy food!

My dinner was also special.  I guess today was just a special day of eats!

Salad of random mixed greens and shoots, roasted broccoli and chayote squash, and pan seared bison steak.  Topped with a sauce I made by combining about a tablespoon pumpkin butter and a teaspoon Annie’s  Goddess dressing.  Perfect.  I have nothing else to say about this meal.

Mmmmm.

I was really happy with the “trajectory” of my weekend.  I did a good job of making myself happy through the right combination of time spent with friends, time spent by myself, time spent out of my room, etc.  For me, this tends to be a very delicate balance.  A little too much time alone in my room and I start thinking nobody loves me; too many parties and I feel gross and overwhelmed.   Does anyone else experience a similar problem?  I like to have a rough outline of my weekend and plan a little bit of time with friends, but I also need to be flexible.  This plan seems to work best for me.

How was your weekend?  Any fun runs or events?  What was the best meal?

See you guys tomorrow!

Edited to Add: Oh my God, I think I just lost my beloved jar of honey almond butter.  I have looked everywhere.  I don’t know how I will go on.

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. EE
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 00:00:07

    Oh, wow, your meal idea is far more creative than what I would have imagined.

    I’m glad you are thinking so much about balance and how that plays out in your life. Personally, I tend to do well on a very “high-octane” schedule, but just like you, there’s a limit. Flexibility is a feat — we’re both fortunate to be getting better at it!

    Also, you were dead right on the hydration. Totally didn’t do that very well today.

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  2. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 00:37:16

    Just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say hi 🙂 Very cute!!!

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  3. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 02:52:49

    LOL love your carrot janga or jenga, whatever it’s called. great goal to get back in touch with an old friend, maintaining those connections makes you feel so good doesn’tit?

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  4. Sarah
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 03:08:29

    I like the idea of a meal reflecting a personality, and as for the carrot tower, what can I say? An edible masterpiece!

    I too need just the right combination of time with friends and time alone…I really value my personal space, but not to the point of complete isolation. I’m glad you found tha ‘happy’ combination this weekend.

    Sarah x

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  5. themilkfreeway
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 06:15:26

    Haha I love the carrot tower! I want to play carrot jenga now. I’m the same about too much/too little socialisation. I start getting depressed if I hide in my room all the time, but I get overwhelmed and anxious if I try and do too much as well. I think getting the balance right is just a matter of trial and error, learning from things that did or did not go so well 🙂

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  6. prettytimepiece
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 07:37:00

    sounds like such a lovely weekend. i love those, that meet your expectations perfectly. & amazing job on the run, very inspiring! 🙂

    http://www.prettytimepiece.org

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  7. blueeyedheart
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 09:26:23

    Haha I love the carrot tower!! 😉

    ❤ ❤

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  8. theprocessofhealing
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 09:36:28

    You lose your almond butter?! Nooo…! Ok a bit dramatic there but I feel you haha 🙂

    Sounds like an amazing run! You are so lucky you get to run in Central Park.

    Your brunch sounds A-mazing!!!! I love love hot fruit with cinnamon. Yummy

    My weekend was pretty good overall but I kind of just hung out at home, nothing too exciting 🙂
    Have a wonderful day!

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  9. Erica
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 10:19:24

    I love your description of how you felt while you ran…I totally feel that same way sometimes and it is FABULOUS! What a yummy bunch :). I like making either pancakes or waffles on the weekends- yum yum! A good egg mix is always fabulous as well (with lots of veggies and salsa). Hope your week is just as good as your weekend!!

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  10. Katie
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 11:11:22

    Great run, lady! 14 miles in the cold in quite a feat.

    Love your carrot Jenga!

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  11. Missy Maintains
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 12:03:42

    Awesome run in this cold! Your brunch looks so good! Hope you found your almond butter!

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  12. Nutritious Foodie
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 12:42:21

    Carrots and PB sounds yummy

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  13. Ameena
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 12:53:46

    Love how you eat your carrots! Very cute.

    I hope you find your almond butter asap!

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  14. caronae
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 13:33:02

    I found the almond butter late last night! Disaster averted!

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  15. oatsandchocolate
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 14:38:45

    hey! oh yum that salad 🙂 and that carrot tower is so cute. sometimes i like to make food fun as well. 14 miles? oh my gosh, great for you! hope you find your almond butter (what would we do without it?) xoxo soph

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  16. Anna
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 16:50:45

    I totally feel like that when it comes to the balance in my social life. Its like I can’t be alone sometimes, even though I know I will get so much school stuff done in solitude. That is why I like to go home on the weekends. I have to be alone during the day, and then I come back and there are my parents and I can take it easy.

    I love the dish you made in response to Sophia’s challenge. I hafta start thinkin about mine!

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  17. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 19:22:25

    Level 1 is great! Wait til you get to levels 2 & 3…Those are my favorites! Such great core workouts!!! And they go by really fast! 🙂

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  18. Audrey
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 19:35:27

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know of a giveaway I am having on my site for Glass Dharma straws. They are beautiful glass straws that are so fun in green smoothies, juices, or even just lemon water. Perhaps your readers would be interested?

    Here is the link to the giveaway: http://justaudreyblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/glass-dharma-straws-giveaway.html

    Thanks! : )

    Audrey
    justaudreyblog.blogspot.com

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  19. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 21:15:10

    any time I see beautiful yoga shala pics, ahhhh, i smile 🙂

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  20. sophia
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 21:15:44

    Loved it, Caronae! I loved your explanations of the meanings behind the dish a lot. Very creative, and omg-delicious-looking~! 🙂

    Ack!! I hope you find your AB!

    Reply

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