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  • Amy K. 5:06 am on February 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Running Paris! 

    Hey all!

    I have a temporary new home at: Running Paris.

    Here I will blog about my training and preparations for the Paris Marathon. Hope to see you there!

    Amy K.

     
    • Anonymous 9:10 pm on April 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Blog post subscribed, excellent post. Great blog, I’ll be checking back to hear what other have to say.

  • Amy K. 2:49 am on January 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Baked Brie, , Cooking Class, Flambe, Saute, Wine   

    Fire and Wine 

    Yesterday my sister and I went to a cooking class for her birthday present!! The class was at Chateau Elan. Where I took my dad wine tasting for Christmas and made famous by this YouTube video…

    No there was no grape stomping involved!! Oh but there was wine.

    The class started at 3:00, we arrived around 2:30 and were greeted with this beautiful spread..

    And wine!!

    Alright we didn’t realize how matchy matchy we were until it was too late to change it :)

    Once we started cooking, there was a waiter who hung around and his only job was to refill our glass after every sip! Ahhhhhh :)

    They gave us chef hats and aprons that we got to bring home! Love my new kitchen apparel!!

    First up we made Baked Brie with Rosemary and Pecans!!

    Easy peasy to make. Place brie in middle of puff pastry and cover with chopped pecans, chopped thyme and drizzle of honey. Wrap up and bake until golden!

    While the brie was baking, we started our main course: Chicken with Asparagus and Farro.

    We sauteed the chicken with some herbs in crushed garlic and oil.

    Green and white asparagus was added, along with carrots, tomatoes, the cooked farro, and veal stock.

    We enjoyed our creations at a table set for us. There was a really sweet Australian couple who shared stories about their travels to Paris. And a nice women in town visiting family, she was cooking while her husband was hanging out at the hotel. We really enjoyed their company!!

    Our Chef was Chef Bryan, a fellow Auburn Alum!!! He entertained us with tales from the kitchen.

    Now for the flames!!

    Our Pound Cake and Berry Compote was toasted and flambeed!! Chef Bryan gave us fair warning that the alcohol we were using was Bacardi 151, marked flammable and will probable create a significant flame.

    He wasn’t lying!

    Ready!!

    Set!!

    Whoa!!!!!

    Holy Moly, somehow we survived to cook another day!

    It was such a blast! We enjoyed every tastey minute of it!!

    Happy Birthday Kay!!!

     
    • Kay 3:20 pm on January 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We had SO MUCH FUN!! Thanks again for taking me. The pictures turned out great!

    • Jake 9:19 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This looks like ti was soooo much fun!!!

  • Amy K. 4:02 am on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Cooking class was a BLAST!! Trying to figure out how to upload pictures with this new blog theme… The working title for the post is: The Chef’s Hat, The Apron, and The Bottomless Glass of Wine!

     
  • Amy K. 6:02 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Getting ready to go chop, simmer, and saute with my sister at Chateau Elan cooking class!!! Happy Bday Kay :)

     
    • Kay 7:29 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so excited!!! Thanks so much-what an awesome bday present!

  • Amy K. 3:39 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Black Beans, Chicken, Crepe, Enchilada, Hummus, Jillian Michaels, Protein, Protein powder   

    Sore on Top of Sore 

    Oh my muscles!! Recovery has been a little slow after the personal record breaking marathon ;)

    Well…that and one of my new years goals is to lift more weights during the week. I bought my first ever workout DVD.

    Let me tell you, girl is tuff!!

    I am glad I can do this in the privacy of my own home, where no one can see me struggling to keep up! This just reaffirms my new years goal!! To heal my aching and pitifully week muscles. I am upping my protein intake this week.

    I bought my very first protein powder! Yeah, I can’t believe it either! What did I wait so long! :)

    I am not a big meat eater but I though I would try and work some lean chicken into dinner. While unpacking boxes I found my long lost crepe pan and voila!

    Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Crepes!

    Crepe

    • 1 cup flour
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 2 tbsp melted butter
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • bunch of cilantro, finely chopped

    Filling

    • Shredded chicken
    • Black beans
    • Hummus
    • Cheese

    Combine crepe ingredients, mix well and refrigerate until ready.

    To make crepes: pour 1/3 cup of batter into heated pan and swirl around until evenly covered. Cook until set, flipping halfway through.

    Fill crepe with about a tbsp of hummus, sprinkle with chicken, black beans and cheese to your hearts desire. Heat up filled crepe in pan. Serve warm and top with salsa.

    My dad added this to his top 3 list of best things I ever made! Now thats a complement because it is a tight list!

    Fun to make, and full of protein from the hummus and chicken. Plus, they are just so stinking pretty :)

    What is your favorite protein? How would you go about adding more to your diet?

    Hope yall have a fabulous week!!

    Amy K.

     
    • marie 2:00 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I’m Marie and I just stopped by your blog. And these crepes look delicious!!! I have to admit I’ve never tried any kind of protein powder or bars before. maybe one day.

      • Amy K. 10:32 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know why it always used to intimidate me! I have been loving it in smooties :) thanks for stopping by!!

    • Lauren 1:52 am on January 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Tuna, Greek yogurt, and edamame are just a few of my favs. for adding protein into my diet!

      Those crepes look yummy. Good luck with Jilian! :)

    • OliePants 5:26 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have to say that my favorite right now is beans! I could eat beans with just about anything!

  • Amy K. 5:26 am on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Atlanta, Celebration, Disney Caribbean Beach Resort, , Harry Potter, Islands of Adventure, Orlando, , Universal Studios   

    Once Upon a Marathon! 

    My goodness, its been a week since the Disney Marathon!!

    Sorry for the late recap. We were stranded in Orlando until Wednesday night and I started my internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Friday!! And so the New Year begins!!

    Last Thursday we arrived in Orlando after an easy breezy 8 hour drive south! Great friends and good old fashion Disney anticipation makes the hours fly! We checked into our pirate themed room at the Disney Caribbean Beach Resort!!

    I slept oh so good in my pirate ship! :)

    This themed room has ruined all other hotel experiences for me. How can I go back to plain bed spreads and solid color curtains??  ;)  Actually by the end of this Orlando adventure, I will have stayed in 3 different hotels!

    We woke up bright and early to be at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure before the crowds!

    We powered through the park to get to the Harry Potter section, stopping only breifly to take this picture. I was so glad to be in the company of fellow speed walkers!

    It seemed like miles…we dodged slow walking families and first timers on a mission to make it to the Wizarding World. Then finally, in the distance…

    Hogwarts!

    Im not ashamed to admit that I regressed into an excited wide eyed kid as we entered Hogsmeade!

    And fortunately I was in good and nonjudgmental company ;)

    Highlight of the day was the Butter Beer!! It came in this sweet mug (Is it too nerdy to bring this mug to work with me!?)

    It reminded me of cream soda with whipped cream on top. It was pretty sweet so I didn’t drink that much, but it was well worth the experience!

    After riding a few rides, we were off to the race expo at Disney’s Wide World of Sports!

    I LOVE expos! The excitement! The anticipation! The merchandise! :)

    The next morning was the Half Marathon that Lauren F. and Kelly were running in! Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures. The journey to see the race could be a blog post all to itself! Short Version: we took a bus, boat, and taxi and were only able to get there in time to see the girls after they finished the race!

    The rest of the day we relaxed, saw a movie, and met the parents for a fabulous carb-filled dinner!! We tried to go to bed early but 3 am comes early regardless of when you went to sleep!! I actually popped out of bed. I was super excited and ready!

    We caught the 3:45 bus for Epcot. Got there in time to stretch and hit up the bathroom (aka port-o-pot) before heading to the start. It was early and it was cold!!! My teeth chattered while I waited in my corral. Within the first half mile though I was settling in and the temp was actually perfect!

    I spotted my parents a miles 2, 12, and the finish. They were holding up these orange and blue straws that helped me spot them!! It was so nice to have them there! It is amazing how much a support crew lifts you up and carries you on!

    The race itself was a blast! We started off running through Epcot in the dark, underneath the big Epcot ball. This was probably my favorite part of the race. It was so beautiful lit up and it was fun running in the dark.

    My first mile was around 9:45 and then once I got settled in I averaged around a 8:50 min/mile pace. I felt good, really good! I told myself that I would hold onto that pace as long as I was not hurting too bad.

    The sun came up as I was running into the Magic Kingdom! We came through the super secret back lots and out onto main street. Looping around the park and through Cinderella’s Castle!! Onward to Animal Kingdom where I ran past donkeys and the Tree of Life :) Our final trek was through Hollywood Studios (we ran through the building where they make the character costumes! So stinking cool!). At this point, it was around mile 22 and I was a little tired of the whole running thing. But I knew the end was getting so close!

    Marathon running is a mind game. Yes you have to do the training but no matter how much training you do, you have to keep your mind in a place to continue on for 26.2 miles. When your body is tired and telling you that you have exceeded the amount of miles that is reasonable. I was flying high not a care in the world until mile 13. Then I start thinking about the finish. I had to get my mind back to where I currently was. Mile 20, my legs are screaming. At this point I know looking at my watch that if I run every mile under 10:00 I can finish sub 4:00. This is HUGE! I had been keeping a stead pace but while running my brain power is concentrated on keeping myself moving forward, adding times and calculating pace is not something I am capable of.

    With this knowledge I push forward. Hurt muscles heal, but sub 4:00 marathon!!! That is something I dream of!

    From Hollywood studios we ran around the Epcot resorts and back into the park. Mile 24, mile 25….where the heck is mile 26???? Did I miss it, why is this mile so much longer than the others?! Did they measure this out right?! Finally I turn a corner and I see the 26 mile marker, then the finish is in sight. There are grand stands set up, I feel like I am running down the fairway of the 18th hole in Augusta! I run past the crowds and catch a glimps of orange and blue! I see my parents up front yelling and waving!

    I know I have sub 4:00, I am almost done, my mickey metal is within reach. With that I speed across the finish line. 3:54:26!!!!!

    What a feeling!! I was handed my metal (talk about race bling!) a mylar wrap, bottle of water and directed to the runners meet up section where I find my parents. I am almost speechless. I so far exceeded my expectations and despite my broken down legs, I feel GOOD!! We headed over to the finish to watch my brother Charlie and his girlfriend Erica finish. Then we met Lauren at the runners meet up section! Way to go Charlie and Lauren on completing their first marathon!!!

    Aftermath: Pretty much right away I was having sharp pains in my foot. I was rocking a pretty significant limp the first few days. My knee was in bad shape too. A week later the knee is better, the foot is getting there. A day or two more of rest and hopefully I should be almost back to working order. But it was worth it! :)

    We stayed that night at the hotel in Celebration. When ice covered the state of GA and all hopes of traveling back were postponed, we moved to the Embassy Suites until we were able to head back on Wednesday morning.

    Thankfully they had a nice TV to watch the National Championship on!

    Cheers and War Eagle!!! National Champs 2010-2011!!!

    Finally we are back in GA, I started my internship and things are getting back to normal…

    and now I get to begin planning for the Paris marathon in April!

    Au Revoir!

    Amy K.

     
    • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun 12:06 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my goodness! Congrats!!!! What an awesome time. And also congrats on starting the internship. CHOA is a lifesaver to us…literally for our little M. :)

      • Amy K. 5:33 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Tina!! They are so fabulous at CHOA, it is an amazing organization to work for!

    • Heather 2:01 am on January 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my – what a finish!! You sure rocked that race!
      Make sure you take care of that knee…..and Paris?????? Double wow! Can’t wait to hear/read all about it. :)

  • Amy K. 4:13 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags:   

    Gimpy 

    Thats what I am calling myself these days.

    Gimpy, the Seven Dwarf’s limp-a-long friend. The limp is the aftermath of a personal record shattering run. I ran the Disney Marathon in 3:54:26!!!!

    The race was truly  26.2 miles of magic, and I enjoyed every theme park, pavement pounding moment!

    I just got back into Atlanta after being stranded for 3 days due to a thick sheet of ice covering the whole state of GA! This gave me some time to relax, let my parents buy me things, and ice my knee!

    This is what success looks like :)

    I am working on a full recap of the race. To be continued….

    Amy K.

     

     
    • Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS 12:14 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on your PR! Hope you’re hobbling ends soon :)

      • Amy K. 3:12 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Me too! I am contemplating wearing my finishers metal everywhere I go, so I can justify my limp :)

    • OliePants 5:05 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats! That’s awesome! I hope your knee feels better soon!

    • Heather 3:51 pm on January 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow – that is a FANTASTIC time – you go, girl!! Congratulations (and take care of that knee)!

    • Laura 9:59 pm on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats Amy! You did so awesome and I’m so excited for your awesome time!!

      • Amy K. 5:33 am on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks lady!! It was such a blast and totally worth the hobble :) Miss you oh so much!!

  • Amy K. 4:03 am on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags:   

    Hi Ho-Hi Ho… 

    …Its off to race we go

    With compression sleeves up to my knees…

     

    …shoes are in my pack, there’s no turning back!

    Hi Ho-Hi Ho-Hi Ho Hi Ho!!

    This rhyme actually took me a long time! There is not a whole lot that rhymes with articles of race gear ;) We are off to Orlando tomorrow!!

    I will try to upload some pictures while we are there, if not then there will be a FULL recap when I get back. Did I mention that my friends and I are staying in a pirate themed room?!

    M-I-C-K-E-Y (Y? because I love you!) M-O-U-S-E!!

    Amy K.

     
    • Katherine: Unemployed 11:09 am on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      GOOD LUCK! I love mickey! what are the temps like down there? I hope it’s good running weather

      • Amy K. 4:59 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Right now it says low 54 high 65! PERFECT running weather if nothing changes!!!

    • Heather 12:42 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for commenting on my blog – I’m so excited to see that you’re running Disney!!

      Good luck – I can’t wait to read the re-cap…. :)

    • Cam 1:02 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good Luck Amy! Plan on a post race turkey leg? Hope you get back in time for the BIG GAME.

    • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun 4:46 pm on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      How EXCITING!!! Good luck and have so much fun. :)

  • Amy K. 4:14 am on January 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ESPN   

    See Ya Real Soon 

    Less than a week.

    5 days to be exact, I will be running my second marathon.

    This time at Disney World!

    A friend of mine sent me the link to this article, written by a columnist for ESPN. It describes his first (and probably last) marathon. It is absolutely hilarious! You will enjoy it whether you have run a marathon, are thinking about it, or have ever been a greatly valued spectator :)

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=fleming/101230

    Enjoy!

    M-I-C (See ya real soon)K-E-Y

    M-O-U-S-E

     
    • OliePants 10:41 pm on January 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      How exciting!! And how fun to run it at the happiest place on earth! :) I’m sure you’ll do great and I’m sending good thoughts. Now, I have the Mickey Mouse song in my head.

    • Jess 1:22 am on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      haha loved that article, thanks for sharing!

  • Amy K. 4:50 am on January 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bread, , Kitchen Aid Mixer   

    Two-Thousand Eleven! 

    Happy 2011 everyone!!

    I love the beginning of a new year! All the hope and excitement that it brings! And for me it also brings A LOT of change!

    New internship: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

    New location: Roswell, GA

    Graduation in May!!!

    And exciting things!

    Running a marathon at Disney (One week from today!)

    Running a marathon in Paris!!

    My sister is having a baby!

    It also brought the purchase of a new Kitchen Aid Mixer!

    Isn’t it beautiful!!! I have wanted one forever, and with my discount at Williams Sonoma there was no better time to get it!

    It came with an awesome glass bowl and even matched my fingernails!! :)

    I tore open the box as soon as I got home! I decided that bread should be the first thing I make with it! The mixer comes with a sweet bread hook and really, what is better than fresh bread??

    My foodie friend Jake gave me a recipe for Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread!

    The dough has to rise overnight. I will post the recipe and final product soon!!

    One week from today is the Disney Marathon!!

    My dad joined my brother Charlie and I for our 3 mile run today. Let the tapering begin!! I have a mix of 3 and 2 milers leading up to the race. I am getting so excited for Disney, I can’t stand it!!

    Our Plan:

    • Thursday: Travel to Orlando
    • Friday: Bright and early is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!
    • Saturday: Is the half marathon where we will be cheering on Lauren F. and Kelly!
    • Sunday: Lauren, Charlie, Erica, and I are running The Disney Marathon!!!!
    • Monday: Disney in the morning then traveling back home to watch AUBURN in the national championship! Woo hoo!!

    Tomorrow I am going to find my outfit for the race, because the outfit is everything ;)

    Amy K.

     
    • Jake 1:11 pm on January 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I got a shout out in the blog!!!!!!

      Harry Potter then the race?! That sounds great… you kids have fun!

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