A Carnivorous Evening.

I think I have met my iron and protein requirements for the next three weeks with tonight’s dinner. We went out for my Grandma’s birthday dinner to a Brazilian Steakhouse called Pampa. It is a restaurant with an all-you-can-eat salad bar and steak house with over ten different cuts of meat to try. Vegetarians should promptly skip this post.

I had an all-day course that started at 8am so I had to sneak out of the house just after 5 to get my run in. Heaven forbid I go one day without endorphins streaming through my veins. It was cold but that only made me run faster. 7.0 miles with splits of 8:15, 7:45, 7:52, 7:55, 7:49, 7:52, and 7:34 for an overall average of 7:51 min/mile. 

The Brazilian Steakhouse is an experience. Yes, the food is great but the atmosphere is even better. Servers bring around the cuts of meat on long skewers and slice off a small sample of the meat for you to try. You have a chip beside your plate that indicates to the servers whether you are wanting them to bring by food or not. 

The salad bar is my favourite. I wish I had a salad bar in my house. I loaded up my plate with vegetables and some various cheeses which were all really good. I think I tried every single type of meat they brought around. And yes, I said there were over ten. 

It was a wonderful evening and the food was delicious! I don’t have a picture of any of the meat because I inhaled it too fast to snap a photo. Oops. I can tell you it was AMAZING. A picture would only make you jealous so it’s probably best there is no evidence of the delicious protein I consumed. 

My parents were just being adorable as always.

My grandma had a cute little cake for her birthday dessert. I hear it was good, but cake with mango and chocolate creme filling is not really my thing. My grandma blew out the candle and I just know she wished that everyone could be as awesome as her favourite grandchild… me.

As much as I loved trying all of the types of meat that were cooked perfectly, I would be just as content with the endless salad bar. I am a veggie girl at heart. I had a plate purely dedicated to fresh mango slices for my dessert. Hello awesome! I plan to have a ridiculously awesome salad bar for MY birthday dinner. 

Running with the best.

You guessed it. This post is all about my run with my mom! She truly is the best so I was extremely excited to go running with her. Most days I work early in the morning and have to run after work while she runs in the morning, so it is rare that we get the opportunity to run together! Of course she was extremely happy to run with me!

Little did she know, we were going eight miles. Hehe.

It was a gorgeous and crisp morning and the chance to spend over an hour running and talking with my mom was wonderful! My legs were not ready for another fast run today so it was probably best that we took it easy today and had mile splits of 9:03, 8:51, 8:55, 9:02, 8:55, 8:58, 9:06, and 8:47. Our average was 8:57 min/mile. This morning was the first morning I had to put on pants to run… good thing I am in love with my winter running tights.

My mom wore a toque and I wore a headband to cover my ears but my headband was ripped off before we had even gone a mile – it was too hot! My mom left her toque on the whole time so she had fabulous hair when we were done.

A morning off is so rare for me so I took advantage of it and prepared an awesome breakfast. PANCAKES! I may not have had oatmeal with peanut butter and banana but don’t worry, I just added the peanut butter and banana to my pancakes.

They were delicious and a perfect post-run breakfast! Whole wheat, healthy, filling, and oh-so-good.

It was a really simple recipe: 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/3 cup apple sauce, 1/4 cup egg whites, and 1/3 cup almond milk. For best results, top with natural peanut butter and banana and eat alongside a cup of dark roast coffee. 

Time off is a little dangerous for me however… 

I stopped by to “browse” Running Room. Oops.

Dangerously Close.

This morning I had spin class. It felt hard. I know it wasn’t as hard as it felt. It was one of those mornings where I had to take it down a gear for a bit compared to the gear I’m normally in and just let my legs get warmed up for a little bit longer than normal. It could have been the two hours of running yesterday I suppose! 

I’m the type of person that always likes to beat what I did the day before… always in competition with myself. For the most part that’s a good thing but sometimes I need to remind myself that it is ok to take it easy every once and a while and not push it as hard as I did the day before. Taking one step back will just help me push off stronger and harder and propel myself 3987571 steps forward. 

After dinner we decided to hit up the BRAND NEW Costco that is really close to our house. It was the grand opening today and though my family had already been there today, they went for round two with me. 

See those bright lights? I took this picture from our back deck. It’s THAT close!

My mom thinks it is extremely dangerous that the happiest place on earth is less than a ten minute walk from our house. Something about my undying love for massive quantities of fruits and vegetables being so close. It’s not dangerous, it’s incredible! The main reason my family wanted to go to Costco again? Samples.

I received several text messages today while I was at school that talked about ENTIRE granola bars, BAGS of chips, WHOLE packs of gum, CHOCOLATE, brownies, and pretty much every awesome sample out there. I am a bit of a gum addict so FREE gum is always a good thing. Stuart is now an employee of Costco and left his brief stint at The Home Depot. He will be working in the meat department so he peeked in to see where he would be slacking off working.

Truly exciting times in our house with this extremely close and accessible Costco. I think my mom may have to get a job just to support our weekly grocery bill. Don’t worry, we won’t be going back for a while… well, at least not until tomorrow.

I better get to bed to rest up for a RUN WITH MY MOM tomorrow morning. Be prepared for an extremely happy blog post tomorrow with one happy girl and her sweaty, tired, but equally as happy mom!