Grassy-ass, AMAZING Grass

Wow, Saturday went from sunny and nice to rainy and gross in a matter of seconds.  Good thing my 10K was early! 

I woke up at 7 am to get ready – and it was already warm and sunny out!

I knew exactly what I wanted before the race…


You see, a while ago I received a HUGE box of goodies from the wonderful people at Amazing Grass (thanks Brandon)!!!


So I knew the chocolate SuperFood powder would be the perfect pre-race fuel. 

I combined it with a shot of iced coffee (leftover from yesterday’s morning brew) and some almond milk…perrrrfect 🙂

It was light on my tum tum, while still giving me enough of a boost to kick some 10K ass.  Plus, it’s CHOCOLATE!  I wish I could have blended it, but I was trying to be quiet for Kyle since it was so early.  Now I really can’t wait to try the other flavors!

After I sipped down my magic elixir, I laced up, and hit the road.  I listened to Jillian on the way there because I’m obsessed 🙂

The race started on the east side, so I arrived with a few extra minutes to stretch and get my nervous/excited jitters a-buzz. 

The horn blared and I was OFF!

In summary, this was THE best race EVER!  There were a few factors contributing to this:

1) Since I’m now an official NYRR member, I got to start way closer to the front of the pack, meaning I didn’t have to navigate my way through a sea of slow-pokes (harsh much?).

2) The race starting point was right before the worst uphill part of the central park loop, so I was full of energy for the most difficult part.

3) I had the best playlist ever pumping me up the entire time (the new Black Eyed Peas cd is a MUST for all you runners out there)!

4) I took steroids before I left the apartment. 

4) They said there was a surprise frozen treat at the end 🙂

I’m still waiting on my official time, but I think I finished in 43 minutes.

I enjoyed a strawberry fresh fruit popsicle on the way back to the apartment.


After showering, and then running to the store for more leche, I frothed up this bad boy and vegged on the couch with some fruity eats.

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Blueberry Oikos isn’t as good as Chobani, but I’m trying to use up things in the fridge.  Plus, massive amounts of melon make anything and everything great.


I added in the melon and a plum (which I also got after the race), and stirred away.  Free food is a good motivator for entering races btw.

I chatted it up on the phone with my momz for a while, and next thing I knew, it was well past noon and I was hungry.

I was feeling like some raw eats were on the menu for lunch.


First, I de-cobbed some uncooked corn, then tossed it in with some other veggies to create this masterpiece.


This salad contained: raw corn off the cob, red bell peppers, shredded carrots, and chickpeas.  It was so huge, it took forever to eat, which was delightful.  Plus I kept adding in scoops of roasted red pepper hummus…which is a sure-fire way to make a dish taste ah-mazing.  Pretty sure you could add sabra to poop almost anything and I’d like it. 


Also on the menu, apple slices, morningstar veggie burger, and red pepper hummus.  NOM!

This lunch hit the spot.


In my bruin mug: iced tea with my NEW (and oh-so-cute) straw!!

Since it was pouring outside, Kyle and I did nothingness all day…I did laundry and packed haphazardly threw crap in a suitcase.  I am so scared I’m going to end up in Hawaii without anything but a bathing suit (there could be worse things though, right?…like the lack of hummus tomorrow’s travels will bring)!!!  Eek!  Do you think LAX has tubs of sabra?  I have a 3 hour layover there, so I have time to scavenger hunt.  Any So Cal bloggers wanna meet at the LAX starbucks smuggle some hummus through airport security?


I did some dried fruit snackety snacking in the afternoon (cherries, papaya spears, and ginger cubes).

Look familiar?  Dinner was basically the same thing as lunch (the fridge is running on empty), sans chickpeas.


Broccoli and cauliflower were the new members to the meal, everything else was the same.  I finished the hummus (duh).

After dinner, we busted open ANOTHER Newman’s Own Organic product.


Jillian actually mentioned these Chocolate Alphabet cookies in a recent podcast (not in a good way, though)…I sampled a few, but decided I’d rather keep the crap intake to a minimum…the last thing I want are GI issues, while trapped on a 14 hour flight.

Kyle wrote me a message with his dessert…


I thanked him by sharing my grapes (dessert #2)


And now, for a Heather inspired ending to the post, here is Kyle’s random comment for the day:

“Elise, wash those!!  They’re from Mexico!” – about the non-organic grapes

he bought


One final thing I want to say: Thank you, thank you thank you!  I heart you guys so so much.  I can’t thank you all nearly enough for your endless support and sweet comments about my computer woes.  You know how to make a girl feel loved, and it’s just further proof that this blogging community is truly SO much more than just food/fitness.  I could go on and on, but in the interest of getting back to packing for Hawaii, I’ll nip this sap-fest at the bud.

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Comments (24)

  1. emily

    hahah! I love his comment! I bet I would LOVE those cookies….and finish them in about … day! haha Good thing I have never seen them on the shelves of my grocery store!

    Glad your race went well! 😀 Good Job!

    I hope you get your hummus…lol! I understand’s just too delicious to be without!

  2. Heather Eats Almond Butter

    Ha ha – loved Kyle’s random comment. 🙂

    Congrats on your 10K time Elise. 43 minutes…that is an amazing time little Miss Speedy. I need to get my hands on some of that Amazing Grass stuff…oh Brandon dear…

    I hope you have a wonderful and amazing time in Hawaii. Three words for you my friend…imacadamia nut hummus. Hell yeah.

  3. broccolihut

    Sounds like a great race! Congrats on your accomplisment:)

  4. ellie

    43 minutes is amazing- congrats! 😀

    Haha…love Kyle’s comments and his cookie message!

    Can you pack hummus in your check-in luggage? It’s freezing in the storage cabin so would probably be fine!

    Have an amazing time in Hawaii (Hawai-not-ee?!)

  5. elise

    i neighbor on the flight might start to get a little concerned, if i started shaking from withdrawal… by the miracle of god, kyle did NOT finish the bag?! must have been the grapes i so graciously shared with him 🙂

  6. elise

    im going to try and sneak in one of those little on-the-go-tubs, whats the rule? less than 4 ounces? ugh. i have no clue what an ouce is…stupid americans with our nonmetric system.

  7. ksgoodeats

    Can I call you ARod now for the ‘roids? WAY TO GO ON THE RACE!!! You make me so proud 😀 I think another reason you did great was those Newman’s PB cookies the other night.

    HAHAHA at Kyle’s comment!! That’s hilarious! Too bad they don’t make powdered hummus like they do PB because then you’d be set!

    Have a safe trip – hope you got everything packed. Don’t forget your toothbrush! I’ve sooooo done that before and had to use a hotel’s kind because it was like midnight when I realized. Whoopsie!

  8. jenngirl

    Congrats on a great race!!

    Lovin’ the raw salad eats, I need to try raw corn! haha I love the little dessert message 🙂

    Agreed. The blogging community is SO much more than food/fitness blogging, it’s a support network of amazing people. I love it!

  9. biz319

    Wow – great time on your race! Um, that may be my race time for a 5k! 😀

    Love the raw salad – I’ve never “decobbed” raw corn before, I’ll have to give it a try.

  10. Courtney

    Congrats on your race–that is a wonderful time! And yes, free food is totally motivating to get to the end :o) I am always curious to see what they will be handing out…

    Where do you find the Jillian podcasts? Are they free, or do you have to pay for them?


  11. Gena (Choosing Raw)

    Congrats on the race, honey! I am very proud of you!!

  12. julie

    i literally just shouted out loud “43 MINUTES!!!??” Deej was like what? haha that’s A MAY ZING.

    uh speedy gonzalez called and wants his speed back..

  13. Erica

    WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO congrats on the 10k! That is awesome! You rock. Hooray for fresh corn on the cob and you know I always love seeing your dried fruit.

  14. Jessica (jesslikesithot)

    Elise!! Congrats on that race time girl!! You’re AMAZin’….to say the least!

    You and Kyle are so cute, you’re going to have such a great trip!!! I totally WOULD smuggle in all sabra flavors possible (10 roasted rep pep, 6 roasted garlic, 4 reg, and 2 randy & fun flavors….do you think that could last you the week?? 😉 ) PLUS meet you at starbucks if I coulddd!! If only you were traveling this upcoming SAT, since i’ll be in LA for my bro’s fiancees wedding shower!! C’mon eliseeeeee, stop being so damn selfish and change your trip date, obvs!

    NOM to the corn, hummus, dried fruit and greek yog!

    PS-that edamame hummus is alright, sabra is mas mejor! My mom’s a major fan though, so maybe you could give it a try if you feel like it????

    LOVE Black Eyed Peas….BOOM BOOM POW makes me dance every time I hear it!

  15. Jessica (jesslikesithot)

    **** red pepper!, not rep pep! 🙂

  16. healthy ashley

    Raw corn on the cob?! You can do that?! 😛

    I love the race recap/review! Congrats on doing so well!

    An the “U R HOT” thing…. hysterical.

  17. MarathonVal

    Congrats on your race!!! What is up next on your race agenda? Do you have more lined up this summer?

    The next time I go to WF I feel like I need to get me some Sabra…… can you believe I’ve never tried it?? After seeing your obsession with it I feel like I’m missing out on something! 🙂

  18. AlliJag

    computer woes are the worst – technology is the best, or the worst – all just depends on the day! 🙂

  19. elise

    toothbrush – check! steroids – check! (kidding!!)

  20. elise

    thanks gena 🙂

  21. elise

    thanks!! i was pushing myself like NO otha!

  22. elise you can download them directly from this sight. there are new ones every sunday! and yes – they are free 🙂

    ps my neighbors on my second flight thought i was crazy bc i was convulsing from the me talk pretty one day cds. HILARIOUS! thanks again!

  23. elise

    i think that stash could potentially last me the whole trip…good thing i didnt get your comment til after my flight, i would have been tempted to meet yo ass. how about you just come to hawaii for a quick visit instead? haha.

  24. elise

    OMG! get it, get it NOW. it will rock your world AND change your life!

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