Friday, August 22, 2014

Peaches & Cream Steel Cut Oat Bowl (with Honey and Pistachios)

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a breakfast recipe...and it has nothing to do with eggs? Strange, considering eggs seem to be all I've been talking about lately. On days I'm not immediately starving when I wake up or running 5+ miles, I tend to stick to sweet and transportable breakfasts. In the warmer months, it's more often than not a PB&J smoothie. But when there is fresh, local fruit in my kitchen, I tend to lean towards parfaits or a variation of these steel cut oat bowls!

The list of ingredients is simple and seasonal:
Perfectly ripened South Carolina peaches
Cool plain Greek yogurt
Warm, creamy steel cut oats
A drip of coconut oil
A dash of cinnamon
A touch of honey
Crunchy, chopped pistachios or pecans

This is shockingly similar to my overnight strawberries and cream steel cut oats, but just enough different that I'm comfortable posting it ;)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Marathon Training Monday - Week 4

My calves, my butt, my hamstrings...all of them were SO SORE this past week. We're officially one month into training (and about three left to go!), so I'd say some soreness was definitely called for.

Monday: One hour SEAL Team PT workout
Tuesday: 1 hour, 15 minute run (7.8 miles)
Wednesday: 1 hour run (5.8)
Thursday: One hour SEAL Team PT workout
Friday: 40 minute yoga on own
Saturday: 2 hour run (11.5 miles)
Sunday: 1 hour gentle "restorative" yoga

TOTAL MILEAGE: 25.1 (+ 3-4 miles from SEAL Team PT workouts)
versus a total mileage of 12.1 miles three weeks ago!

Let's address this glaring no-no first: My weekly total mileage has increased very, very quickly. It's been way more than the recommended 10% increase. This is probably definitely a big reason as to why I was so sore this week, and also why I'm approaching this recovery week very enthusiastically. Up until this point, my runs have generally felt great. There's been some subtle soreness, but no building or persisting pain during runs or after. I've been careful; however, I know I could afford some more starting today. As for last week...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Single-Layer Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Spiced Chocolate Frosting

Let me give you something simple. And chocolatey. These two things have the ability to make the world right, even if it's just for an evening.

For the past few weeks, I've just felt BUSY. I've allowed it put me in an awful mood more than once, but thankfully I think I've just about adjusted. With working out, running, going to physical therapy, going to work, making meals, entertaining, spending loads of cash, it's hard to find time to breathe, relax...and do nothing?

Truth is: I strongly dislike change, which includes adjusting to new schedules. I initially resist it, even if it's my idea in the first place! I'm guessing it's a girl thing? Playing mental games with ourselves?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Marathon Training Monday - Week 3

Last week, I was nervous about mileage. All went well, so I didn't think twice about this week of training. Funnily enough, this past week ended up being an even bigger jump for me: I'm back in the double digit club! To think a few months ago, I was fearful of more than 3 miles. And six months ago, I was just coming out of a boot and had *dramatically* forgotten what running felt like. It's pretty cool to see and feel myself coming back quicker than I though.

Monday: AM physical therapy + one hour SEAL Team PT workout
Tuesday: 1 hour, 15 minute run (7.7 miles)
Wednesday: OFF
Thursday: One hour run (6.3 miles)
Friday: FREE Yoga at VMFA
Saturday: One hour run (10 miles)
Sunday: OFF

TOTAL MILEAGE: 24 (+ 3-4 miles from SEAL Team PT workouts)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Marathon Training Tuesday - Week 2

To be honest, I was nervous about this week. The schedule had me increasing mileage more than the recommended 10% and running three times, versus last week's two. My mantra as I pounded out the miles was "Be smart." And I continued to mentally remind myself that if something hurt or felt wrong, I would slow down, stop and/or take a day off. I needed to listen and obey my body.

That being said---Everything went great! I can feel Garland and myself slowly falling into a routine with slightly less grump than last week. It's a little easier to run for an hour now, and I've all but let go of the fear that was holding me back for the last few months. My pace has returned to almost what it was last year during my peak.

Running actually makes me feel good again!

Monday: AM physical therapy + one hour SEAL Team PT workout
Tuesday: One hour run (5.9 miles)
Wednesday: AM Physical therapy + one hour SEAL Team PT workout
Thursday: One hour run (5.2 miles)
Friday: OFF / PT stretches
Saturday: One hour run (7.8 miles)
Sunday: OFF

TOTAL MILEAGE: 18.9 (+ 3-4 miles from SEAL Team PT workouts)