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19 Miles and Some Super Homemade Sushi

So...I ran 19 miles today. No biggie. Oh, no wait - it's a huge freaking deal. Anytime I run for over 3 hours, it becomes a monumental event. Done in 3 hours and 9 minutes, so basically JUST sneaking in under a 10 minute mile average. I can't actually hear your applause through the computer, but I feel it. Thanks.

I think the reason I feel so excited about the run is because it was the first long run in a while that didn't feel like a monumental struggle. I would like to take full credit and attribute it to general awesomeness and my fine physical form, but I think the large amounts of white rice consumed yesterday might have also played a part. Any guesses what we made last night for dinner based on the ingredients?


We ate some amazing restaurant sushi last weekend, but it came at a steep price. The next best thing? Making it at home. We went all out and actually splurged on the whole kit and caboodle so we could make it at home - we realistically could have done without the rice wine vinegar, the pickled ginger and the wasabi. But it was nice to have everything to make it just like a sushi restaurant. 

Here was the setup at my station (I made rolls - hubby made the salmon nigiri)


Hubby loves the rolls with cream cheese, salmon and cucumber, so that's what we made. I skipped the cream cheese in my rolls - not my thing. And yes, from now on I will definitely be having sushi before a long run. It worked like a charm to fuel those 19 miles. Plus - you bet it was tasty!


Just kidding  - I had to share with hubby. Lame. And now I'm watching the Superbowl. And yes, I mean the commercials and the halftime show. All the best stuff. So bummed though - they keep interrupting the quality commercials with football. What's up with that?

Are you watching the Super Bowl? Be honest - for the football or the commercials/halftime show?
Obviously, yes. Also obvious - the fact that football is not my thing. Between Tim and I we understand like 85% of the rules. 

Have you ever made your own sushi? Do you use wasabi?
Only a handful of times, but it was a lot easier than I remembered. Next time I want to make it with tuna instead of salmon - that's my absolute favorite. No wasabi for me. Way too spicy!

Comments

  1. wahoo congrats on that 19 miler! You are a champ! Can I please come live with you so you can make me sushi and we can a zillion miles together after?

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  2. New to your blog, and am an avid follower now! This looks delicious!
    I am NOT watching the Superbowl...hubby is out of town and doesn't feel right.
    I've never made my own sushi, but am a lover of all sushi, wasabi included!

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  3. I'm watching but catching up on blog reading at the same time, does that count?

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  4. I'm actually clapping for you :) Can you hear it? NICE going!!
    I love sushi!! Sometimes my husband makes it, but then we discovered a pretty cheap take-out sushi place nearby .... YES!

    ❀Barbara❀
    My Running Shortz

    PS hate football ... not watching :)

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  5. is it pathetic that I feel like we are somehow connected because I also ate homemade sushi last night and also had a long run ( i did 20 this morning). we are like twins :)

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  6. WOW Vanessa! I am so in awe :) super proud girl. I totally know how you feel....well not exactly, b/c I haven't run that far, but I know the feeling of being super happy with what you've accomplished :) YAY 19!!!!!!!!!!

    I watched 15 mins of the SB - the halftime show. I thought Madonna was awesome ;)

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  7. Great job on the run! I'm a big believer in the power of carbs.

    I'm bummed that I already saw all of the good ads earlier this week. This is one time that the internet ruins something. :)

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  8. I'm not watching either. Just not interested this year, not sure why.

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  9. I watched the halftime show... and then I had to go take a shower to cleanse myself of Madonna's egomania that seeped through the TV screen. bleh.

    I love sushi - and yours looks awesome. I'm a bit paranoid about food poisoning and handling my own sashimi, so I think I'll try vegetarian rolls for my first foray into sushi-land.

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  10. ***APPLAUSE***

    There ya go, does that help? lol Seriously, congratulations on the stellar 19!

    I'm sort of halfass watching the game. I do like football, but I just don't give a rip about either of these two teams. It has been a good game though!

    I've never made sushi at all. I don't do fish, but I do really like vegetarian sushi! I've had that in restaurants a couple of times. And !YES! to wasabi! I LOVE that stuff!

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  11. Love making my own sushi! :)
    My boyfriend likes the cream cheese stuff too. I like avocado. :)

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  12. yay 19!!
    I would love to know the cost comparison between your restaurant meal and home meal. Not like I could get sushi grade fish in south Texas!

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  13. We've made our own sushi every once in a while. we always end up making SO MUCH and then realize that it would probably cost us close to $100 to get that much sushi at a restaurant.

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  14. i am TOTALLY clapping over here...way to go on that 19 miler! dang, remember how not long ago u were lamenting how u weren't even running and stuck to the bike?? keep it up! :)

    and keep on devouring the sushi...i LUV it, but have never attempted to make it. i think it would be an epic fail...lol.

    the superbowl, if it weren't for FB i wouldn't even know who was playing...lol.

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  15. I live a block and a half from an Asian market, with everything I need to make wicked good sushi. And we still only make it once a year or so. Because we're stupid. I should plan on having a sushi making party soon.

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  16. I'm not sure which is more awesome...the homemade sushi or the 19 miles!!! Spectacular!

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  17. Nice work, it's great when those long runs finally feel good! We got a sushi kit for our wedding that sat in our closet for like 3 years before we regifted it at another wedding. No wasabi for me. I had a super bowl "party" (just a few close friends) and it was great because I set the rules "no talking during half time" and then just talked to my friend who also hates football during the game. I thought the commercials were terrible this year.

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  18. wow! nice work on the run and the sushi :) you really kicked that injury's butt... nice work!

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  19. Nice work! A 19 miler and sushi! That sounds like a pretty awesome day to me! I did watch the super bowl but was falling asleep at the the end!

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  20. Yay on the 19 miles!! The sushi looks good but have to admit I've never had sushi, which just seems crazy. I was just talking about this the other day, need to get some!

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  21. Congrats on a speedy 19 miles. The feeling after finishing up a really great long run is incredible!!

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  22. Congrats on the good run! I've never made sushi at home, but I should because I absolutely love the stuff. I'm a salmon roll fan too - and no cream cheese for me.

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  23. I'm with you, the only reason I wanted to watch was for the commercials - I read my book most of the time! But I did get into the last 2 minutes, they were pretty incredible. And, no, making sushi scares me! But yours looks good!

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  24. awesome run Vanessa!! 19 miles is a big deal for sure, way to conquer those!

    Also, I love to make sushi, but we haven't in a while - I think there may need to be a sushi party in these parts quite soon :)

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  25. Awesome run girl!!! That has got to feel good to accomplish that distance at such a speedy pace.

    I have never tried sushi. I guess I should but it totally freaks me out.

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  26. Great job on your run!

    And you have another doppelganger out there. Michelle Dockery. She plays Mary on Downton Abbey.

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  27. Congrats on your 19 miler! That's a great pace, too. We love making sushi, but haven't made it in months... my husband was just suggesting we make it again this week. Wasabi- yes, for him, and just a tiny bit for me. :)

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  28. Great job on the 19-miler! Rice is always good fuel.
    I didn't watch the super bowl because I found out we don't even get regular TV :(
    Never made my own sushi, but I love wasabi!

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  29. 19 miles ... Wooooohooooooooo. I was please with my weekend but yours gets the gold medal, well done :-)

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  30. Holy smokes! That is an amazing run. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. Congrats on the awesome run! I love having runs like that where it just feels GOOD! You guys are little chefs with all that sushi! Holy cow, it looks like a lot of work...but fun too! I actually don't like sushi. I tried so many times to like it but it just didn't happen. I did watch the super bowl but I had no idea what was going on. I just went for the company :)

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  32. Congrats on the awesome run! I love having runs like that where it just feels GOOD! You guys are little chefs with all that sushi! Holy cow, it looks like a lot of work...but fun too! I actually don't like sushi. I tried so many times to like it but it just didn't happen. I did watch the super bowl but I had no idea what was going on. I just went for the company :)

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  33. YES!!! so glad to hear that you had an awesome run!!!!!!! love it! and friend...i just watch the super bowl as an excuse to eat. bahaha.

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  34. You're hilarious! That last photo cracked me up -

    I don't make my own sushi, but we offered lessons at my Girls' Night Out event this past October - it was a huge hit.

    I love a cream cheese, asparagus, and cooked shrimp sushi from Naked Tschopsticks (for what that's worth). Um, NO wasabi.

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  35. oooh fun! I LOVE sushi (aka fake sushi veggie rolls) but almost never go out for it. Your post inspires me to try making it myself! I think this is the kind of "cooking" even I can't screw up...hopefully...

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  36. Vanessa, congratulations on 19 miles! That is an amazing accomplishment! You should definitely be proud of that!

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  37. Awesome milage!! I was forced to watch the football parts because I live in new England...we had some people there or something. But I like the commercials more. I'm not a fish fan but I do enjoy the veggie sushi or just straight up sticky rice...CARBS

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  38. After 19 miles you had energy to make your own sushi? Good lord. I'd just be sleeping in front of the fireplace for the rest of the day. Then again, I do that when I only run 7.

    I didn't watch the Super Bowl. I pouted that it was my birthday and I had no friends instead.

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  39. 19 miles AND homemade sushi?!?! I am seriously impressed on both fronts. Nice work!

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