Monday, April 8, 2013

Clean Out the Fridge Salad

So yesterday morning I crawled out of bed at 4:30 AM to participate in a marathon relay. I kept telling myself it was only 7.5 miles, but I hate getting up early on Sundays! Regardless, I ended up having a great time! I met an older couple on the train on the way to the race. They walk half marathons in 3 hours! Amazing! I also met my teammates. I didn't know them before the event. After I saw their posting on a local website,  I spontaneously volunteered to replace one of their team members who dropped out. They were all super cool and weren't worried about our finish time, etc.
Since I was the new, lucky team member I got the privilege of running the longest leg of the race and the leg with the appropriately named "holy hill". Lucky me! Actually, I just tried to enjoy myself, enjoy the surroundings, enjoy not running 13.1 miles, enjoy not knowing anyone, and enjoy not really racing. I planned to run around a 10 minute mile so that I could enjoy myself. I did have a few impulses to try and really push it, but I held back until the last two miles....make that last mile ;)
I was done with my leg around 9:30 so I headed back downtown so I could cross the finish line with my team. I snuck into the finish line food area and devoured a Bavarian pretzel stick, which at the time tasted like the best thing ever! Then I hung out and watched the marathoners who finished between 3:00-4:30. It was such an emotional experience. Seeing all of their faces as they ran the last .2 of their 26.2. Seeing their family members and their children cheering them on- I seriously almost cried several times because even though I have never ran a marathon, I was very empathic. I have felt some awful physical pain from running. I have been there when you feeling like you are crawling towards the finish line and it feels like you are never going to get there, but somehow you do. I stood on the side of the road and cheered for those who looked like they needed it and smiled at those that didn't. It was really an inspiring experience. Running a marathon is on my bucket list. One of these days maybe I'll decide to just do it.
After my fun-filled morning, I was a big ball of laziness all day! I did manage to run a few errands and that is about all. I really wanted to order take out but my fiance and I couldn't agree on anything. So I made mac-n-cheese for him, vegan mac-n-cheese for me and I threw all the leftovers we had into this salad. Turned out pretty swell if I do say so myself.

Adapted from this recipe

Salad Ingredients (serves 2-3)

1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup of brown rice or quinoa- at room temperature
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup red onion chopped
2 Roma tomatoes chopped
2 cups of lettuce, chopped
1/2 cucumber, chopped



2 Tbsp of agave
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 tsp of cayenne
1 Tbsp EVOO
Salt and pepper to taste


Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Combines all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Next pour dressing over salad and gently toss. Serve and enjoy!

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