This week was a very busy week…in a good way! I had my the last few days of my ER rotation, my little cousin’s confirmation, my thesis presentation, ER end-of-rotation exam, babysat, shopped (so stressful haha) and ran the broad street with my two sisters! (more on that later) One day this week I took a little bike ride down to the schuylkill river (side note: I NEVER can spell “schuylkill… you think I would have had that down by now!). It was such a BEAUTIFUL day…I was so happy out there and it was so relaxing. I watched some crew boats row by and reminisced about my crew days for a bit…and then quickly realized that I was happy that those days are no more! haha
I have not been able to PR in quite some time. It has been getting a bit frustrating for me… made me feel like I was getting slower instead of progressing with running and kinda made me lack some confidence. I know I was busy with PA school and such for the past 2 years but that’s not an excuse…life will always be busy! So anyway- when I signed up for Broad Street this year I decided I wasn’t going to just run it for fun but I was going to try as hard as I could and run as fast as I possibly could in an attempt to get a PR. Mary (who is faster than me) said that she would help me attain my goal (Danielle was going to run with us too but her and her bf got lost at the start line…). It wasn’t easy and I felt like quitting about 20 different times but I dug in and with Mary’s help I finished in a time of 1:12:55 (7:17 min/mi). My previous PR was 1:16- so I broke it by 3 minutes and 3 seconds….WOOHOO!!!!! I was SO excited about this PR and so pumped after the race. Mary was running ahead of me for most of the second half of the race because she was trying to push the pace so that I wouldn’t quit. She kept saying “CMON T…push it. faster faster! get that PR!!!” and I just looked at her and screamed “I AM MAXING OUT!!!” hahaha I was going as fast as I could go and was giving it my all. and I couldnt be happier with the results… for once, I am PROUD of myself! Thank you so much for pushing me and believing in me, Mary!
Afterwards, Danielle & JR had Mary, Todd, Harry & I over her apartment in the city to clean up. She made an AWESOME breakfast for us…everything was delicious! We had a lot of fun. Overall, it was a great day with the sisters and boys!
Okay, so lets talk about food. I made an AWESOME recipe the other day. It was so easy and came out SO GOOD. I am not a HUGE chinese food fan, but I was sick of making the same old same old kind of foods and saw this on How Sweet Eats and decided to give it a try. I made it with steamed broccoli and brown rice. I also bought the thin sliced chicken so the 1 hour cooking time would be less if you used the same chicken that I did.
photo from How Sweet Eats
- 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I bought thin sliced)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup cornstarch
- salt & pepper
- 1/4 cup canola oil
Ingredients for Sauce
**note** I doubled the recipe as I felt that a single batch didnt make a ton. You can even triple or quadruple the recipe and save extra sauce for another day!
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons ketchup
- 1/2 cup vinegar (I used cider vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt (or powder…doesnt matter)
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Cut boneless chicken breasts into chunks. Season with salt and pepper.
- Coat chicken in egg and then in cornstarch.
- Pan fry in oil until golden brown, but not cooked through. Place in a single layer in a baking dish.
- To make the sauce (you can do this first): Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and simmer until thick.
- Pour sauce over chicken. Bake chicken for 6o minutes (or less depending on chicken thickness), turning every 15 minutes. (I probably cooked it for 30)
We also had the two pups- Andie and Bradley- over this weekend. This is them after Mary gave those two rats a bath…. they look like two little pathetic losers. hahaha.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed this beautiful weather!