Thursday, October 23, 2014

Naturally-Sweetened Zucchini Muffins (with Maple & Honey!)

Recognize something from Monday's post? I know it's fall and all but zucchini muffins are definitely something to get excited about, especially ones like these: sweetened with maple syrup and pure honey, and sporting a healthy dose of whole wheat.

I am sure you've heard all of the "Go sugar free!" Give up sugar!" chanting over the internet lately. I've stopped and thought about it more than once, most recently a few weeks ago. Even if you just pause a moment to think about, it's hard to deny that sugar is an addictive "substance". There's not very much else (besides bacon) I crave, particularly when I'm sad / cranky / tired / happy / bored. I crave it just about ALL THE TIME. Besides the cravings, I hope I don't have to point out to you that sugar is pretty much in everything nowadays. Pasta sauce, bread, crackers, salad dressings...Kind of scary, right?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Marathon Training Monday - Week 13

Squeeze's window just about sums up my recovery week, plus or minus several pounds of pasta, dessert and wine. Last week's recovery could not have come at a better time! I kept my two runs shorter and slow. I also took advantage of the flexibility in my schedule by visiting my friend Sarah in Pittsburgh, PA for a long weekend.

Monday: 50 min gym cross-training (cardio + core)
Tuesday: 1 hour, 30 min run (8.79 miles)
Wednesday: 50 minute water run
Thursday: 1 hour yoga class + 1 hour sports massage
Friday: 2 hour run...ended up being 1 hour, 40 min hilly run (10.5 miles)
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: OFF

TOTAL MILEAGE: 19.29 miles

Monday, October 13, 2014

Marathon Training Monday - Week 12

That's THREE MONTHS of training in the books! And only five weekends to go... *barf*. To be completely honest, I'm a little nervous. "Knowing what to expect" is kind of a pro and con in this instance---I know my body can (barely) physically handle it, but I also know how freaking hard it is! This year, there's also is the added pressure / reach goal of trying to beat last year's time. Scary, fun, scary, fun, scary, fun?! I go back and forth on an daily basis!

Monday: 45 min gym cross-training (cardio + core)
Tuesday: 1 hour, 30 min run (9.7 miles)
Wednesday: 50 minute pyramid water run
Thursday: 1 hour yoga class
Friday: 1 hour SEAL Team water workout
Saturday: 3 hour run (18 miles!)
Sunday: OFF

TOTAL MILEAGE: 37.7 miles (2.3 less than last week)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Marathon Training Monday - Week 11

Ughhhhh it's Wednesday. And I'm just posting for "Marathon Training Monday"...which is actually kind of appropriate since my butt muscles finally feel as though they've recovered from the weekend.

Monday: 1 hour gym cross-training (cardio + upper body)
Tuesday: 1 hour, 30 min run (9.8 miles)
Wednesday: 1 hour gym cross-training (cardio + core)
Thursday: 1 hour run (6 miles)
Friday: OFF
Saturday: 2 1/2 hour run (15 hilly miles)
Sunday: Vinyasa Flow class at Squeeze!

TOTAL MILEAGE: 30 miles (almost a 9 mile increase...YIKES!)

Last week was a bit of a jump for me as far as mileage goes. Since the last few weeks have felt great, foot and all, I decided to return to running 3x a week. And I'm sorry to say, I think I'll actually be flipping back down again permanently. 1) I think I should've crunched some numbers before making this jump last week --- a NINE mile increase is kind of huge for someone that's trying to avoid the return of an over-use injury. 2) Maybe me feeling so good the last few weeks was actually a sign I should continue the same routine? Duh. 3) My mile greed got the best of me. Garland introduced me to the term "junk miles" yesterday...yeeeeeeah, I know about that

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Seasonal Plates & Dates - Summer/Fall Mishmash

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm not ready to give up summer produce!!! I love the vibrant tomatoes, sweet corn and zucchini. I've also gotten so used to all things grilled since Garland and I moved in together in June...burgers, veggies, PIZZA oh my! Buuuuut I also have to admit that as the mornings get cooler, I feel a tinge of excitement for what's on the horizon: the transition back to hot coffee, winter squashes and gourds, apples, spicy baked goods, soups. I guess I'm about ready!

Here's a glimpse at some of my meals lately as we're slowly transitioning into fall.

When I'm not inhaling scrambled eggs or fast food after long morning runs, I'm still enjoying PB&J smoothes and parfaits at my desk at work. I'd almost forgotten about the bag of frozen blueberries I picked earlier this summer! I've been using a heavy hand with those and drizzly almond butter.