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Weekly Workouts I

Happy, happy Friday friends!

Are you as ready for the weekend as I am?! I cannot wait to get the party started. Okay, so I really have no plans of a “party”, but I certainly cannot wait for a couple days off.

I realize I have been doing this whole “sharing my weekly fitness on Friday” thing for awhile. But, I decided to finally title it into a series. I mean, I share my weekly eats, so why not share my weekly workouts, right? Since I really have no clue what number we’re actually on, we’re going to start with one. 

I really enjoy doing this series because I try to keep up with it each day so that I can write down exactly how I was feeling with each workout. Some are good, some aren’t as great, but regardless, it’s always great to sweat.

Saturday: 10 mile run

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It was a gorgeous, unseasonably cool morning that I definitely appreciated! Last weekend’s 10 mile run was hot, humid, slow, and cramp-y. Yes, my stomach was cramped up the entire time, my legs felt heavy, and I am pretty sure it was 95% humidity by 6 a.m. This weekend was drastically better. Not only had I fueled my run properly, but the weather cooperated to my liking as well. I’m still working on gaining my speed back, but that’s what speed work and tempo runs are for! Overall, a win-win.

Sunday: Spin

I know I have mentioned many times on this blog just how much I love spin, and I am really surprised that I went as long as I did without it in my normal workout schedule. But, I now also have a favorite spin teacher. She is seriously motivating!

Monday: Spin

So, my favorite spin teacher offered a private morning class Monday. She is preparing for a big weekend this weekend, so she was pulling a couple extra training sessions in. When she offered to teach a private class and I did not have to be at work until later, I definitely did not pass up the opportunity!

Tuesday: Run 

I was supposed to do another 4x1200 m spin session, but I just wasn’t feeling it. My legs were pretty tired after a 10 mile run + 2 days in a row of spinning, so I stuck to three and called it a day.

Wednesday: 60 minutes weights

I did a modified R.I.P.P.E.D. class that incorporated a full body workout with weights. It had been awhile since I lifted, and boy could I feel it! I definitely need to make sure I incorporate weights into cross training, too!

Thursday: Rest

On the schedule was a run, but to be honest with you…I needed to rest. I was sore from Wednesday’s weight class and tired from a few leg-heavy days in a row. I opted to swap my rest day today (Friday) with yesterday’s run so that I can still stay on track with marathon training, but not overwork my muscles. This is part of the reason why I love three-day training programs!

I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

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From The Kitchen To The Table V

Hi friends!

We’re back with another round of food prep and eats! Before diving in, I had mentioned last week how I had not been fueling my body properly and was feeling the effects during my workouts. Although I am sure my workouts took a hit between not being on a regular schedule and eating too many nuts/nut butter/dried fruit/etc, I also wanted to try incorporating a few more grains. Although it is certainly possible to eat a paleo diet and train for a marathon, I am not sure it is right for my body. Again, it’s all about trial and error!

So things may start looking a little different, but we’re still focusing on whole food choices. Here is what I prepped last week:

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  • Veggies: red bell pepper, celery, carrots, cucumbers, edamame
  • Soaked and cooked black beans
  • Black bean chili burgers [recipe]
  • Hard boiled eggs [recipe]
  • Cooked ground turkey
  • Grain-free coconut NuttZo bars [recipe] (I made in a muffin tin)
  • Kale pesto

So now that we have seen the food prep fun, here is how I used it throughout the week:

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Sautéed carrots, tomato, kale, red and white onion omelet with a baked sweet potato [recipe] and cherries

I enjoyed this breakfast after my 10 mile run last weekend. Carrots, tomatoes, cherries, and eggs are great for muscle recovery! 

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Tuna on a bed of romaine with cucumbers, asparagus, tomatoes, and a carrot

I started buying the big bag of carrots rather than baby carrots, so part of my meal prep involved peeling and chopping them up. Although it is a minuscule task, it certainly helps to be able to just grab a pre-prepped carrot out of the bag!

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Stuffed bell pepper with ground turkey, zucchini, onion, garlic, and mushroom with sweet potato fries

I used the ground turkey that I had already prepped and cooked, so all I had to do was chop the rest of the veggies, sauté them in olive oil, add the ground turkey to the mixture, and some seasonings. While I was doing that, I sprayed the pepper with olive oil, popped it in the oven at 400 for about 15 minutes, then stuffed the pepper with my mixture. 

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Black bean chili burger with rice mixed with kale pesto, yellow squash, and asparagus

This was pre-cook/pre-tupperware dinner since I worked nights last week! So I ended up sautéing the squash and asparagus in coconut oil with a little black pepper. Then I added the rice with kale pesto to the veggie mixture. 

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Sautéed peppers and onions with salmon baked with kale pesto and a baked sweet potato

I prepared my salmon with freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice before adding the pesto and some black pepper. Then I baked that in the oven at 400 for 13 minutes. For the peppers, I used the remainder of the lemon and lime juice, garlic, and black pepper.

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Kale with yellow squash, tuna, plum, lots of cinnamon, and an avocado (to be added at work), with almonds

I saw my friend Amy use an empty mint container to carry her almonds so once I finished mine off, I knew exactly how I was going to recycle it!

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Tuna with chopped peppers, cucumbers, and salsa with a banana and almonds

If nothing else, I find that pre-chopping veggies is a huge time saver when it comes to packing meals for work!

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Sautéed kale with ground turkey, asparagus, and tomatoes, a baked sweet potato with cinnamon, and a hard boiled egg

I sautéed kale with asparagus and tomatoes, then added the prepped turkey. I also had a leftover sweet potato (eaten cold, naturally) and a hard boiled egg and called it dinner.

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Steamed cabbage with asparagus, tomatoes, and kale pesto with a black bean chili burger

To make the cabbage, I sliced it and added it to a preheated skillet with a little olive oil. Then I add about 1/4 cup water and cover it to soften and cook through. It gets a great texture that is almost like noodles so I decided to add the pesto! I highly recommend it!

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Tuna cucumber boats with a coconut protein muffin

I made the tuna boats by mixing with the inside scoop of the cucumber, chopped pepper, and salsa

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Chopped apple with cinnamon warmed in the microwave with a spoonful of peanut-free NuttZo

So this really didn’t use any food from my prep, but it was my dessert practically every night last week so I thought I would share! 

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I had a lot of questions about the kale pesto, but I didn’t write down exact measurements. My dad is the pesto master, so I learned from him and started to just “wing” recipes. I will definitely make this again so I can share it with you though! 

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Choosing A Training Program

Training for a marathon can certainly be a daunting task. In fact, I often think of it as being a “job” within itself. You have to dedicate time and effort in order to help prevent injury, build stamina and endurance, and properly prepare your body.

I am certainly no expert as this is only my third marathon to train for. However, I have had experience with different training programs for the previous half marathons that I have ran. 

The first lesson I ever learned when I began my running journey, was the importance of training. When I first started preparing for a half marathon, I could not run more than four miles. With a great training plan, focusing on gradually increasing distance, this no longer became a problem.

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When picking a training plan, it’s important to consider what works for you. How many days per week can you set aside for a run? How far do you run currently? Do you have a goal pace? How hard would you like to train? How many weeks would you like to prepare for the upcoming race? These are primarily what compose a training plan.

The next step in choosing a training plan is how many weeks you would like to designate towards preparing for a race. If you have already built up the endurance as a runner, then starting at a 12-week program would be reasonable. This is also a great option for shorter races.  In general, I prefer to focus on a longer training plan for longer distances such as a 16- or 18-week plan. The length of time-spent training varies for each person, and should be picked based on your own preferences. 

Training plans work on gradually increasing your distance and endurance as an athlete. In order to optimize your training, you should vary your workouts in both intensity and duration. This is designed by incorporating tempo work, speed work, and long runs into the plan. If you follow me on Instagram, then you have probably seen me mention these terms before.

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Tempo runs build strength and speed. This style run begins with a warm-up pace, then a pace at, or slightly faster, than your race pace for a short distance, followed with a cool-down pace.  Speed work focuses on building speed and endurance. This style run starts with a warm-up jog, followed with a mix of intervals consisting of short distances at a slightly faster than race pace and cool-down jogs. Long runs are typically done once per week and focus on gradually increasing your distance, strength, and endurance. These should be done at a pace about one minute slower than your goal pace. In certain cases, a recovery run may come the day after a long run. This style run is only a short distance at a much slower speed to allow your muscles to stretch out, help to reduce muscle tightness, and prevent injury.

I have found that for me, a three-day running week is best. It allows me one day to dedicate towards speed work, one day for a tempo run, and one long run on the weekend. With this plan, my legs don’t tire as quickly, it works with a more flexible schedule, and allows me time to cross train. The most important things to remember when picking a training plan is to choose one that works for youyour fitness level and your goals.

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Grain-Free Coconut Waffles

Mondays are made better when they start with waffles, yes?

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I thought so, too. If you have been a follower of the blog for awhile, then you know it is no secret how much I loved my mom’s waffles growing up. This was my first exposure to assisting in the kitchen. My mom would measure the ingredients out, while letting me throw it all in the mixing bowl. I eventually graduated to be able to use the hand mixer, and finally do the measuring, too.

We really only had these waffles on “special” occasions such as when a friend came over and stayed the night, family came to visit, or we were on vacation in a place with a kitchen. Once they were made, we had a ton leftover, which we never complained about! My mom would store them in the freezer and we could pull it out when we felt like her special waffles.

I have never owned my own waffle iron, which is why I never had made waffles before now. Actually, I still don’t own one. Since I now live with Kendall who is a proud owner of a waffle iron, I decided to take the rains and make waffles one morning. Yes, I made extra to stick in the freezer just like my mom.

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Grain-Free Coconut Waffles
Makes: 4 Waffles
By: Morganne

1/2 cup Coconut Flour
1/4 cup Ground Flaxseed
1/2 cup Liquid Egg Whites
1 1/2 cup Almond Milk
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg

1. Preheat waffle iron and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Pour about 1/2 cup of batter on to waffle iron and cook until desired crispness.
4. Add desired toppings and enjoy!

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From The Kitchen To The Table IV

Hey guys!

Even though I didn’t food prep last week, I wanted to share with you my prep and eats from two weeks ago! Last weekend I literally did not even grocery shop. I could not have been more thankful for Kendall who did a massive grocery haul and food prepped on Sunday. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo, but here is a list:

  • Shredded chicken [recipe]
  • Black beans, soaked and cooked
  • Baked tofu
  • Chopped peppers, cucumbers, celery, and carrots
  • Rice
  • Summer chili (zucchini, yellow squash, onion, celery, carrots, ground turkey, tomato broth)
  • Hard boiled eggs [recipe]

And here is what I prepped a couple weeks ago!

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  • Turkey burgers
  • Tomato sauce
  • Hard boiled eggs [recipe]
  • Paleo waffles [recipe coming soon!]
  • Zucchini noodles

Breakfast

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Paleo waffles topped with frozen blueberries

I had been wanting to make paleo waffles for awhile, so I finally broke out the ingredients I had in mind and did a bit of experimenting. I made the batch of waffles on the morning that I ate them, then froze the rest to enjoy either throughout the week or at another time. I ended up digging into them later in the week, but I still have a waffle in the freezer!

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Omelet with asparagus, peppers, and tomatoes with a sweet potato and homemade tomato sauce

You know…just the usual breakfast around here. I added the sauce for a little dipping action with both my sweet potato disks and omelet. It was the perfect little tomato touch!

Lunch

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Tuna, leftover ground turkey, celery, carrots, and squash on a bed of romaine and topped with salsa

I realize that sounds like a crazy combination…tuna + ground turkey? Well, I had the ground meat leftover from dinner the night before, but was a little hungrier than what I had left so I added another protein source. It actually was a great mix of flavors!

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Zucchini noodle stir fry with chicken, broccoli, and carrots

I just sautéed the zucchini noodles in olive oil along with the rest of the veggies, before adding the chopped chicken and seasonings. I loved the addition of the zucchini noodles in a stir fry! I highly recommend it. 

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Zucchini noodles with blackened tilapia, sautéed swiss chard, red onions, and topped with salsa

This was just leftovers from the night before, which made for a really easy lunch! Normally when I eat zucchini noodles, I will either just enjoy them raw, or blanch them lightly. 

Dinner

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Zucchini noodles with ground turkey and homemade tomato sauce

I left the zucchini noodles raw this night, and just topped it with some ground turkey and homemade sauce. I also ended up freezing half of the sauce so that I will have fresh veggie-filled tomato sauce throughout the winter, too!

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Turkey burgers with salsa, asparagus, and a sweet potato

This is probably one of the easiest dinners for me to resort to. That, or breakfast for dinner of course!

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Sautéed zucchini noodles with swiss chard, and red onion, and topped with blackened tilapia baked with lemon

This was such a simple dinner that had so much flavor!

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Sautéed tomatoes, onions, and black beans, and a dunkin’ egg [recipe] on top of a paleo waffle

It was a version of “huevos rancheros” with my new waffle creation! I just popped the waffle out of the freezer and stuck it in the toaster to warm up, which worked out perfectly! You could also make these, freeze them, and have them in the morning!

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I need to recreate that waffle recipe and photograph it for you. I was pretty impressed with how the experiment went! I even sent a photo to my mom, since she is the waffle queen. She said she can’t wait to try them and I can’t wait for her to visit! (Come soon, mom!)

In other news, I passed board number one! I have my second and final board Friday….so close to being done with exams! Yay!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

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You Are What You Eat

You are what you eat. Have you guys heard of that notion?

Well, I believe it is true. When I eat healthy, I feel energized and nourished. When I overindulge in peanut butter, nuts, dried fruits, and sugar, I feel tired and slow.

Eating a well balanced diet during my studies was a struggle. I’m not going to lie to you…I ate balanced at meals, but mindlessly snacked throughout the day. I managed to finish off a couple of jars of nut butters and a bag of almonds. I have never been an “emotional” eater, but I could tell I was stress eating. This hasn’t really happened to me before, but I was well aware of what was going on. Now I’m not telling you this for any specific reason, other than to let you know that as a result, not only was I struggling throughout the day for some energy, but my workouts took a hit.

Now that I have rambled on about that, I wanted to touch on the importance of fueling your body for workouts! As part of being a coach for Saucony 26 Strong program, I write up a few posts on topics each month. You can read those here. Last month I shared about this exact topic, which I wanted to be sure to share with you as well! 

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In particular, hydration is critical to training! One of the first lessons that I remember learning in school is that the human body is made up of 70% water. In fact, did you know that our blood is actually 90% water? Obviously we need water on a daily basis. This allows our body systems to function properly and effectively. During training, staying hydrated becomes even more important. Your body loses a lot of water, so staying hydrated throughout the day is one of the most important aspects of successful training.

Eating right and properly fueling your body to perform is crucial. A lot of times you will hear about carbohydrates being an important energy source for runners and this is true. Before a workout, carbohydrates are necessary because your body will use its’ glycogen stores for energy. Carbohydrates are needed to replace the glycogen loss and increase their storage. This is one of the most effective way to reduce post-workout soreness as well. 

The last nutrient that I want to touch on is protein. Yes, protein gets a lot of hype in the media. It’s true, protein is necessary for our bodies, muscle fibers, and system networks. Protein provides a steady source of nutrition for our muscles with the necessary amino acids for muscle fibers to repair. 

Now, each athlete is different so how someone trains and fuels their body will likely not look just like the person next to them. It’s important to figure out what works for you by trial and error. This is a lesson that I am constantly experimenting with, but something that is worth putting the effort into.

Not only is it important to eat a well balanced diet on a daily basis, but during marathon training it is especially important to make sure you are properly fueling your body!

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Guess Who’s Back

Wow, guys. I don’t even know where to begin.

How are you? How have things been? I have missed you more than you know. I feel like I am still getting used to this whole blogging/virtual relationships thing. Is it weird that I feel connected to you even though I probably haven’t met you? Ah well, that’s the beauty of this day and age. And if you’re still hanging around reading, I appreciate you. You guys make me smile!

Before I get any more corny on you, let’s go ahead and address the big elephant in the room. First, thank you for your good luck wishes and understanding my need to step away to prepare for my first board exam! I really do appreciate it! The exam was 5 hours long with one 10 minute break. I opted not to take the break and just keep powering through. As I left the exam, I felt really down. I’m not going to lie, it was really hard. Of course my mom reminded me to look at the positive and my dad told me I wasn’t allowed to worry about things that I don’t know the outcome to. This is why I call them when I know I need a good reminder! I won’t find out the results until later this week.

Oh, and I decided to go ahead and move up my second board exam…so that is actually this Friday. I will likely step away from the blog again for a couple days this week to focus on that one. Luckily, that one is only 2.5 hours! 

Anyways, since I haven’t been able to share with you too much, I wanted to share a peak of what has been going on in my world!

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I managed to go to one of the nights of Fair St. Louis. Kendall and I met up with Alyson, one of our coresidents, and watched Matt Nathanson play. He was really good and definitely seemed like one of those people that I would enjoy being friends with. Hey, dream big! I was lucky enough to be able to see the fireworks from my apartment all three nights, so that was pretty cool, too!

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I finally broke out my new Ninja system. I bought it at Costco when it was on sale last month and managed to use it twice over the weekend: one post-run smoothie and one batch of kale pesto! Let me just go ahead and tell you how amazing this product is. It came with four different attachments (blender, food processor, and two individual “to go” cups), the blades are super sharp so they can definitely blend up anything (like those 9 cups of kale in the photo), and it was really easy to clean! 

In other news, Amanda sent me the flower on the bottom and Kendall and I bought the basil plant on the top. St. Louis is starting to feel like home!

Now to some eats from last week…which were still pretty colorful! And consisted of a lot of eggs, sweet potatoes, and almonds. Yep. They’re delicious.

Breakfasts

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  • Coconut “Oatmeal” [recipe] with strawberries, blueberries, and almonds (my July 4th breakfast!)
  • Egg and spinach omelet with a sweet potato and cherries 
  • Omelet with spinach, tomato, sweet potato, almonds
  • Smoked salmon salad with banana, frozen blueberries, and NuttZo

Snacks

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  • Hard boiled egg, cucumbers, carrots, almonds
  • Almonds + raisins
  • Hard boiled egg + almonds
  • Larabar

Dinners

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  • Scrambled eggs with peppers, salsa, asparagus, sweet potato fries
  • Yellow squash noodles, salmon, asparagus
  • Ground turkey with peppers, onion, jalapeños with roasted broccoli, sweet potato, coconut butter, and NuttZo
  • Spinach omelet with sweet potato fries

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Residency has been going great! I packed up a lululemon bag of snacks to keep in my desk drawer as my “emergency stash”. Let me know if you have any recommendations of anything else I should bring in! So last week I primarily did training for the early morning shift, and this week I will be training for the evening shifts. Hello, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m workday. I hope I can stay awake! :)

I suppose I will sign off now that my first post back is practically a book! Cheers to a great week!

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Questions Of The Day

What food do you keep with you at work?

What is one thing you have been loving lately?

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Temporary Break And Quick Workouts

Hi friends! Do you have any fun plans for the holiday? 

I am hoping to take advantage of Fair St. Louis that is going on! It has a lot of free concerts, fireworks, and other celebrations that I would love to take advantage of while I am living here. But, seriously, I need to study. My boards are exactly one week away. And you guys, I have finally owned up to the fact that I am not Superwoman. Sometimes it is hard for me to ask for help, admit when I say “yes” to too many commitments, and confess that I am overwhelmed. But, this is a place where I try to keep it as real as possible.

So, here’s the honest truth: I am incredibly anxious about my boards; I have a heart wrenching fear that I am going to fail; I am trying to balance work/study/exercise/eat healthy/blog/life…., but I am simply overwhelmed. I am going on crack-down mode for the next seven days, so I will be away from the blog for awhile. The big day is July 11, so I promise to be back and in full force July 14th!

Like I said, fitting in exercise has been really hard, it has certainly taken a hit. You know how I said that it’s all about making time for the things that matter to you? Well, I still believe that. Unfortunately right now, passing my boards and being present at work is more of a priority. I have been stress snacking like crazy though. I need to get that under control. I’m blaming my anxiety and studies for now, then I will work on my hunger cues a bit more. Anyways, here’s a rundown of the few workouts that I did!

Friday: 4 mile run

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Saturday & Sunday: 60 minute dog walks

I actually woke up at 5:30 both Saturday and Sunday to run. Once again, my priorities pointed to spending time with my family and soaking up all the extra cuddles that I could. So, I opted to stay in bed with Matt and Mya and we just took the pup on a couple walks throughout the day instead.

Monday: 20 minute incline walk + arm workout

I jumped on a treadmill for a little incline walk then worked my way into the free weights area. Kendall and I did the following series three times:

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Tuesday: Around The Clock Workout

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I had intended on starting my training for Hawaii, but a late night at work and studying overruled. So I just did the quick workout in the morning and in the evening. 

Wednesday: 60 minute step, kickboxing and weights class

I ran a half mile and realized I just couldn’t run that day. My legs were sore from walking all day long in dress shoes and I was already cramping up. Rather than force the run, I hopped off the treadmill and went to a group fitness class that incorporated a mix of different exercises. It was definitely frustrating to admit my defeat, but I knew it wouldn’t be good for my body. 

Thursday: 7 x 800m run (6 miles)

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I finally got my planned Tuesday run in! Yes, I had to wake up before the sun. Actually, I finished just as the sun was rising. I am definitely a morning runner though. I had so much more energy, my legs felt fresh, and when I finished, I had a big grin on my face! Unfortunately, my work schedule won’t always allow me to get a 5 a.m. run in, but I am hoping to make it work. It’s all about adjustments right now!

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So as long I pass the board on July 11, then my next board exam is August 2nd. So please forgive me for my severe lack in blogging, replying to comments/emails/tweets, and my absence from social media. I know you guys are awesome and totally understand. I am definitely looking forward to having this out of the way and back to my love of blogging!

(If you are the praying type, prayers next Friday morning would be much appreciated!)
Stay safe this weekend if you are attending any 4th of July celebrations! I hope you have a fabulous week next week!

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From The Kitchen To The Table III

Hello, hello!

Things have been quite busy around here! The start of a new job, marathon training, studying for my boards (only eight days away!), moving to a new city…. man, oh, man everything happens at once, right?

I have been absolutely loving my residency so far, though! Yesterday was the first day I was able to walk to work, which was a major perk for me. We are only about a mile away, so Kendall and I just walk to and from work together. I totally wore my running shoes with my dress clothes, then changed in my office. Genius plan. I will definitely be doing that everyday. 

So here was the first round of food prep in the new place! 

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  • Chicken (that I ended up shredding after the photo) [recipe]
  • Homemade Granola 
  • Butternut Squash [recipe]
  • Hard Boiled Eggs [recipe]
  • Turkey Breast

To make the granola I combined flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, dried blueberries, and dried strawberries with peanut-free NuttZo, coconut oil and cinnamon. Then I spread the mixture in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet and baked it in the oven at 325 degrees for about 18-20 minutes. I tossed the mixture at the 8 and 12 minute mark to prevent from burning.

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Breakfast: shredded chicken, avocado, sweet potato, and hard boiled egg over spinach

It was a breakfast chopped salad!

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Lunch: roasted broccoli with sweet potato, shredded chicken, and salsa

I like to call this “throw everything in a bowl, and add salsa” lunch.

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Dinner: turkey, green beans, and steamed rainbow carrots

It felt like a Thanksgiving dinner! I sliced up the pre-cooked turkey breast and warmed it up slightly in the oven. You could also eat it cold though (I did that for lunch the next day.)

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Breakfast: leftover roasted broccoli, shredded chicken in a butternut squash boat, and a nectarine

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Lunch: kale salad with chopped up turkey breast, tomatoes, and carrots with balsamic vinegar

I threw everything in a mixing bowl, then “massaged” the balsamic vinegar into the kale salad. Kendall does this with tofu so this was really her idea, but it was was delicious!

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Dinner: butternut squash nachos

I used the same basic recipe as the sweet potato nachos, but used butternut squash instead! I also included chopped up zucchini into the pepper and onion mixture and used shredded chicken instead of ground meat.

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Breakfast: kale omelet with an apple and sweet potato

This meal didn’t require using any food prep, but I wanted to share it anyways!

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Lunch: Butternut squash, carrots, zucchini, shredded chicken, and salsa

Essentially this was butternut squash nachos, but in bowl form! I just chopped all my veggies up, sautéed them in olive oil, added the chicken then mixed everything together and topped it with salsa.

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Dinner: Rainbow trout with a baked sweet potato, and sautéed kale, mushrooms, and onions

My parents sent me the best “welcome to your new home/congratulations on the new job” package! It was the Sizzlefish sampler box, which came with an array of different fish to choose from! I ended up going with rainbow trout that I baked in the oven at 400 for 14 minutes with lemon and pepper. The kale was sautéed in olive oil with the mushrooms and onions along with more fresh lemon, garlic, and pepper. 

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Food prep last week was a light load since we were home the majority of the days, and I was still gauging how much food we needed. This week went much better.

And that’s all, folks!

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Saucony 26 Strong: Change In Plans

We interrupt today’s regularly scheduled program, for a very special announcement!

You guys know how I teamed up with Saucony for a fabulous program celebrating women and running? And you know how I have the opportunity to run with one of my best friends as she completes her first full marathon? We decided we were going to take over Vegas, but there has been a slight change in plans. 
The title of the blog post didn’t give that away, right?

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Well, we are swapping our “show girl” outfits for coconut bras and grass skirts!

We’re heading to Honolulu, baby!

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After we made our announcement, a new opportunity that was just too good to be true presented. The wonderful people at Saucony thought it would be amazing to have the 26 Strong team all run the same marathon to celebrate this program…and I have to say that I definitely agree! They have invited us to run the Honolulu Marathon as part of the big celebration!  

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Ironically, Amy and I had discussed this as an option before choosing Vegas. I am obviously a strong believer in everything happening for a reason, going with the flow, and living life to the fullest, We are definitely “seize the moment” kind of people and since the opportunity was once again on the table, we couldn’t pass it up! I am so excited to be a part of this team and incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to travel to Hawaii with Amy! 

Now we will be crossing the finish line ready to luau our way to celebrating our friendship and running accomplishments! But not only do we need to train with running and cross training, but we also want to brush up on our swimming skills and maybe even learn how to surf! 

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You can still keep up with us on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags:  #findyourstrong #saucony26strong #nuttyhoneyrunners! Feel free to also use those hashtags so we can follow along with your running or other adventures about how you are finding your strong. 

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