Archive | January, 2012

It Has Begun…

26 Jan

Well…it seemed like just only last year, but the race season will soon be here!! With that comes training – obviously. This year is shaping up to be a fairly busy year for yours truly. Not only are we – for the first time mind you – taking on TWO marathons, we’re also gonna try to bite off a couple of triathlons – maybe three!

For your viewing pleasure/amusement, here’s Anthony’s itinerary for 2012 – with links to the official sites. Enjoy!!

March 17, 2012
Get Lucky Half Marathon
Saint, Paul, MN
Get Lucky Half Marathon
June 3, 2012
Minneapolis Half Marathon
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Half Marathon
July 4, 2012
Red, White, and Boom Half Marathon
Minneapolis, MN
Red, White, and Boom Half Marathon
July 14, 2012
Lifetime Fitness Triathlon
Minneapolis, MN – Lake Nokomis
Lifetime Fitness Triathlon
August 4, 2012
Minnesota Half Marathon (Inline)
Saint Paul, MN
Minnesota Half Marathon
August 25, 2012
Maple Grove Triathlon – Weaver Lake
Maple Grove, MN
Maple Grove Triathlon
August 26, 2012
Minneapolis Duathlon
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Duathlon
October 7, 2012
Twin Cities 10 Miler
Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN
Twin Cities 10 Miler
October 28, 2012
BMW Frankfurt Marathon
Frankfurt, Germany
BMW Frankfurt Marathon

 Suffice it to say, I got my work cut out for me!!!

Stay tuned…who knows, I just may add a race or two…


Fermez le bouche, Monsieur Gingrich…

15 Jan

So, apparently, our little toad friend Newt Gingrich has taken to blasting Mitt Romney for doing of all things, speaking a foreign language. While on the surface, this isn’t all that bad, but it’s which language he speaks that is so ghastly. Mitt Romney speaks – wait for it – French!!! Mon dieu!!!

Take a peek at this painfully sad/hilarious spot Newt is now running in South Carolina:

So is it just me, or has the GOP become the party of dullards and dimwits?!? I guess if you possess anything beyond a high school diploma or can manage to tell the difference between a similie and a metaphor, you’re an elitist, socialist, cake eating malcontent who’s bent on forcing your proper grammar and diction onto the “Average Joe” of this great country. Why is being intelligent so frowned on by the GOP? Why is anything grouned in academia or science essentially taboo if you sit on the right side of the aisle? And God forbid you speak the languge of those damned “frogs”.

I decided to do a little digging and found some pretty interesting tidbits. Newsflash, Newt: Presidents have been multilingual since the birth of this country. Here’s a short list:

  • John Adams, the second Presidint of the United States, spoke and wrote Latin fluently. He also dabbled in French. Hmmmm…
  • Thomas Jefferson wrote and spoke six languages: Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, and English. Upn his death, it was discovered he studied additional languages, including Arabic, Gaelic, and Welsh. Arabic?!?!?  I could only imagine if someone on the Beltway was studying Arabic.
  • James Madison also studied LAtin. In addition, he counted Hebrew as another language he spoke and wrote.
  • John Quincy Adams was fluent in German, French, Dutch, Italian, and Greek.
  • Martin Van Buren didn’t even speak English as his first language. He spoke Dutch. Dutch!!
  • Theodore Roosevelt was fluent in French – both conversational and formal.
  • Herbert Hoover spoke Mandarin Chinese fluently. So Newt, would you call Herb a Communist to his face? Doubt it…

So a word to all you educated GOP’ers out there; if you speak any language other than English, keep it to yourself, lest you be branded one of those elitist types.

Intervals Schmintervals

10 Jan

So…spring marathon training season is in gear, and I need to get my ass into gear. It’s always a little “rough” getting back into the swing of things after a little hiatus from hitting the hardtop. It’s especially tricky to get motivated when you have to train in the occasionally inclement / arctic weather of Minnesota. I’m hearty, but even I have my limts!

This year, I’m considering two marathons: a spring and a fall. Not sure what’s gotten into me, but let’s hope it’s not terminal.

Although this time around, I really do intend on training for real!!!

As proof positive of this new found motivation, I’ve actually decided to add speed intervals to my repertoire. This is a first. I know that every single training plan out there has some kind of interval work, I’ve never actually done them. That all changes now.

This is a nice little interval workout that I’ve become quite fond of. It’s easily adaptable to fit your needs and doesn’t take long. It’s designed for a treadmill, but can be easily modified for outdoor training.

  • 1/4 mile at 6.7 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 7 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 6.7 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 7.5 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 6.7 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 8.0 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 6.7 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 8.5 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 6.7 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 9 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 6.7 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 9.5 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 6.7 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 10 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 6.7 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 8 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 6.7 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 7.5 mph
  • 1/4 mile at 6.7 mph

Follow this with a ten minute cool down at 3.7 mph with an incline of between 10 and 15.

As your training progresses, feel free to up the intervals to .3 miles. It may not seem like much, but you will definitely feel the difference! Or you can set a specific amount of time and repaet intervals until the time elapses.

Happy running!!

Asian Salmon…mmm…mmm…good!

8 Jan

So, in keeping with my New Year’s Promise To Myself That I Will Eat Out No More Than Once A Week (NOT a resolution), I whipped up a little dish last night that was so absolutely painfully easy to make, but was so incredibly delicious! For fans of salmon, get ready!

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Sri Racha
  • 1/4 sweet geinger chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp minced red onions
  • 2 pounds salmon filets (2 nice size filets)

In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients well. Place the filets into a glass baking dish, skin side up. Pour half the marinade into the baking dish. Set the remainder of the marinade aside for later use. Cover the salmon and place in the refrigerator. Let salmon marinade for at LEAST an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the salmon for 20 minutes on the center rack.

While the salmon is baking, take the sauce thaat was set aside and place into a saucepan. Cook the sauce under a very low simmer for about 5 minutes to reduce the sauce.

After 20 minutes, turn on the broiler. Place the salmon  under the broiler until there is a nice char on the skin (approximately 5-10 minutes depending on your taste).

Serve with brown or jasmine rice. Top the salmon with the reduced sauce and voila!

I served mine with some jasmine rice with a little saffron and cilantro tossed in.