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7.25.2011

Weekend Warrior

Hi Lovelies!! Hope everyone had a nice weekend, sorry I was super absent last week. Even though I had some time off, I was busier than usual, and as you all know very well, my computer time is the first thing to go in those situations. Ready for a weekend update? Here ya go!

I had a lovely wedding booked on Friday, and then had my own hair did--I now have long hair :) My wonderful friend Tiffany gave me extensions so I can look fabulous for Vegas. There's something extra glamorous and fun about a long old weave, and I am definitely enjoying it. I have zero pictures so far, I promise to take lots next weekend while I am on my work-cation, so of course you will see me in all my long hair glory. 

Saturday was a CRAZY busy salon day, and I wanted nothing more than to go to bed early. Not the case! I went to Babies R Us with my aunt and we had a good time spoiling my cousin for her baby shower. I then came home to play baker, making Swiss meringue buttercream, then frosting and decorating the cupcakes I made on Friday night. My good friend Sarah, the crafty baker girl she is, helped me make all of the ladybug, flower, and leaf gum paste decorations on Thursday, so Saturday was my assembly day. 
I used strawberry cake and classic white cake box mixes, adding a small box of instant vanilla pudding to each, then I baked as usual. I frosted them with the Martha Stewart recipe for Swiss Meringue Buttercream {halve this recipe though, it makes a ton!}, which I split in half, adding strawberry puree and red food coloring to one half, and green food coloring to the other. Because my sweet cousin has gestational diabetes, I made a sugar and gluten free chocolate cake. I followed this recipe for both the cake {using Splenda} and the frosting-- it turned out delish, I was so impressed that it was gluten and sugar free, and had black beans in it! The cake had a nice crumb, though looked dry out of the oven, and the dark chocolate flavor was intense, in the best possible way. 

One tip for moist cupcakes baked a day or two in advance of an event: once out of the oven, let the cupcakes cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a cooling rack. Once cool, wrap each cupcake in plastic wrap individually, and you are good to go. 

Sunday was the Wharf to Wharf race from the Santa Cruz municipal wharf to the Capitola wharf, 6 miles away. I had been so busy with work and cupcakes, I didn't have much time to get nervous about this race, which was good. It was an early wake up, then drive to the course 30 miles away at the beach. I met up with Fireman Matt who was running the race as a moving medic, and he and some friends kept me company before the race started. 
I moved up to the 8 minute mile sign, hoping to leave those who would soon start walking behind. Again, no such luck. This race is big, over 11,000 people, and made for quite the mad crush of people for the first 2 miles. I dodged, weaved, and gave little bursts of speed to get around people, then found my stride and started picking people off and making up for the slow start. My training runs for 6+ miles have 8:45/mile averages, so I was hoping for something similar. Well, my official time was 50:25, giving me an 8:25/mile pace! I was 1,165 out of 11,013 overall, 347 out of 6,727 women, and 66 out of 888 in my age group. I am quite impressed. 

It really hit me today that racing, and running in general, is a pretty lonely thing for me. I have known this since I started a year and a half ago, but it really hit me before WtW as I drove over the hill to Santa Cruz, parked, took the shuttle, and lined up by myself. I train by myself, I run races by myself, and I have to motivate myself through it all to keep going. I have had running partners, even some regular ones, but I generally run alone, and all but one of my races has been on my own. It only bothered me today because this race is supposed to be fun, and there were so many teams, and groups of  friends running together. I'm telling you, next year I will convince at least one person to train and run with me! I say train, because I want to continue running my fast pace, rather than slow down, as I am super competitive. Any takers??

I rushed home, got ready, and headed to the baby shower where I enjoyed meeting my cousin's friends, and ate WAY too much food. Oh yeah, I completely fell off my clean eating wagon this weekend, mainly in the sweets department, but today was ridiculous with the amount of food I consumed. My food baby belly is huge, the carbs I have consumed completely filled me out, bummer as I was getting a pretty flat stomach. 
Tomorrow, I start the Jillian Michaels 7 Day Peaking Diet, {scroll down to see the diet outlined} which is a no sodium, calorie reduced diet to follow for up to 7 days that helps you cut out all your retained water, tighten up, and really show off all of your hard work. I plan on following it for 5 days, Monday through Friday, wish me luck!

If she is hosting it, you should definitely stop by Life of Meg

4 comments

  1. 1. I want those cupcakes.
    2. you completely rocked that race, you are amazing!
    3. I need more Adrian in my life! If only you lived closer :(


    Happy Monday!

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  2. You did awesome for the race! So proud of you, Adrian! And those cupcakes look phenomenal :)

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  3. congrats on the race! I just started running and want to do a race before the summer is through... of course not a 9 mile race! something smaller. I also have no one to run it with :(

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  4. I've always wanted to try extensions...can't wait to see yours. Happy Monday!

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