Learning to Jog and My First 5K

Today I will run my first 5K race.  I started jogging on January 4th, about five and a half months ago. I began with a Couch To 5K program using an app on my iPhone. The first few times I alternated jogging for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds. Each week, the Couch To 5K program helped me lengthen the amount of time I was jogging.  Right now, I am not quite up to a full 5K in training.  My plan is to do a jog/walk starting with at least a half mile or more of jogging followed by walking the remainder of the first mile. For the second mile, my goal is to jog the entire mile without any walk breaks. That might be a challenge since I’ve never done a full mile without walking in my training. But I’ve come very close and I feel like this is a great opportunity to challenge and push myself just a little bit extra. Next, I plan to walk for about a half mile and then finish the last half mile jogging. This 5K is at the Cleveland Zoo which is known for having a pretty challenging hill. Yikes! I’ve never run hills before.

To prepare for the 5K, I’ve made sure to get a good night’s sleep for the past two nights and I’ve been careful to eat healthy food that will not make me feel weighed down.  I’ve done a little research and I’ve planned a smart breakfast for The Fella and me: Half an english muffin with half  of a Tablespoon peanut butter and a banana.  I’m also going to drink water before the race and I’m choosing to carry a bottle of water that is half frozen during the race.  A lot of people hate the idea of carrying something while running.  But I recently found out that I have problematic vocal cords and sipping water when my throat is dry or when I am feeling tense is a good way to keep my airways clear.  I’ve carried water in training the past few times and I’ve found that I really don’t mind it and on hot days (like today) I really need it.

The 5K I am doing today is the Purple Stride race to raise money for pancreatic cancer research. I lost my grandfather to pancreatic cancer and The Fella’s dad is currently battling it. We also lost the father of a very close friend to the disease just over three years ago. I feel good about participating in this event. For more information, please check out http://www.pancan.org/.

I’ll be sure to post an update after the race to let you know how I fared.

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Tremont Farmer’s Market Review

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As promised, I hit up the Tremont Farmer’s Market tonight, along with my BFF and her kids.  The market is located at the west side of Lincoln Park, along W14th and runs Tuesdays, 4pm-7pm .  We arrived around 5pm and had no trouble finding parking around the perimeter of the park.  We were lucky to have a beautiful, sunny 75F degree afternoon.

The Tremont Farmer’s Market offers a varied mix of vendors selling locally grown produce, prepared foods such as cheese, tomato sauces and pierogies, non-food items like handmade accessories and skin products, and of course there were various Cleveland food trucks.  I’m sure I’ll be back later this summer to check out the food trucks at this market but for tonight, I was looking for something to grill.  (Did I mention that The Fella gave me a fancy new grill for my birthday last week?  Squee!)  It is still early in the growing season and that affected the selection of produce.  There were many vendors selling various lettuces and greens.  I picked up a bunch of garlic scapes from the Valley City Fungi stand.  I was thinking of picking up some oyster mushrooms as well but the vendor advised me that they don’t do very well on the grill.  I also bought hot Caribbean curry powder from Spice Hound, golden delicious apples from Morning Dew Orchards, goat feta from Lucky Penny Creamery , doz. fresh eggs from an Amish stand (can’t remember the name), and finally, I bought this amazing salad mix and I am mad at myself for forgetting the name of the vendor!

As you can see from the slidshow above, we combined most of my market purchases with a few items we already had (including a household favorite, Field Roast vegetarian sausage) to create a delicious dinner for about 460 calories.

Which farmer’s market should I hit up next?

Local Farmer’s Market Roundup

I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to join a CSA this year. Last summer I participated in the City Fresh program through LEAF which stands for Lakewood Earth and Food. I might be doing City Fresh again this year. City Fresh is great particularly because you can purchase your share one week at a time for as many or as few weeks as you like. I was very happy with my City Fresh shares last summer. I’d love to try Fresh Fork CSA like my good pal over at LeadPaintCookbook. Fresh Fork seems like an excellent CSA because it offers not only produce but also local eggs, dairy, meat and other products from time to time such as pizza dough or fresh pasta. (They also have vegan and vegetarian options.) The problem with Fresh Fork is that they don’t offer a week-to-week option only pre-paid-in-full or monthly payment options. I just don’t usually have my finances together enough to prepay for my groceries a month at a time, let alone pay for 22 weeks up front. Both Fresh Fork and City Fresh seem to offer a good quality local product and a good quantity for the price. The quantity and variety is much greater with a CSA than you would find in the produce sections at most grocery stores.

Since I can’t make up my mind about joining a CSA right now, I’ve decided to try to visit at least one local farmer’s market each week in addition to regular trips to the West Side Market. I did a little homework to learn about the various farmer’s market options in my area and sorted through a number of lists online. I organized a list by days of the week beginning with Sundays. As I visit these markets I will post reviews and pics. Tonight I’m going to check out the Tremont Farmer’s Market.

Local Farmer’s Market Roundup

Sundays 10am-2pm (Through 10/31) Kamm’s Corner Farmer’s Market @ W168th and Loraine Ave, Cleveland

Tuesdays, 4-7pm (Through 10/26) Tremont Farmer’s Market, @ Lincoln Park on W14th, Cleveland

Wednesdays, 10am-1pm (Through 9/29) North Union Farmer’s Market in Lakewood, north of Detroit Ave between Lakeland Ave and Arthur Ave

Wednesdays, 10:30am-2:30pm (Through 10/6) North Union Farmer’s Market @ Cleveland Clinic, E100th and Carnegie Ave

Thursdays, 10:30am-1:30pm (Through 10/7) North Union Farmer’s Market @ Cleveland State University, Euclid Ave between E18th and E21st

Thursdays, 11:30am-2:30pm (Through 9/9) North Coast Harbor Farmer’s Market, behind Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, 1001 E 9th, Cleveland

Thursdays, 4pm-7pm (Through 10/28) Blue Pike Farm Market @ 900 E72nd, just off the shoreway near Gordon Park

Fridays, 11am-2pm (Through 10/29) Downtown Cleveland Farmer’s Market @ NW corner of Public Square, Cleveland

Saturdays 8am-Noon (Through 12/18) North Union Farmer’s Market @ Shaker Square, Cleveland

Saturdays 9am-1pm (Through 10/2) Lakewood Farmer’s Market @ downtown Lakewood in front of the Marc’s shopping plaza on Detroit Ave

Saturdays 9am-1pm (Through 10/16) Gordon Square Farmer’s Market @ W65th and W Clinton St.

Saturdays 9am-1pm (Through 11/20) North Union Farmer’s Market @ Crocker Park, Westlake

What are your favorite farmer’s markets? Have you joined a CSA? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.