Wedding Workouts Versus Race Training

August 24, 2016

Race Training

When it comes to fitness and wellness, I’m a mixture of vanity and competitiveness. I’m not going to lie and say that I only workout to be my strongest self and to win races (lol, it would take a lot more work to come close to winning). I’ll be the first to admit that part of the reason I love fitness is for the way it makes me look and feel. When I’m on top of my workout and healthy eating, I look my best and also feel my best, inside and out. Right now, I’m specifically working out to feel my best on my wedding day. I’m doing it in a very healthy way. I’m not restricting calories and I’m not focused on the scale (actually, I don’t even own a scale), it’s all clean eats, barre and HIIT. But as I continue on this quest for being a #FitBride, I can’t help but think about race training.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that training for races doesn’t get you in shape, it definitely DOES get you in amazing shape. On the flip side, training can take its toll on you. It’s a lot of work that can leave you exhausted, make you overly ravenous following long training workouts, and while you will get fit and strong, I don’t necessarily find myself looking my best during race training. Take marathon training for example. During long runs you literally eat packets of gu, basically sugar and carbs to keep you going. Sorry, gu isn’t on my wedding diet.

Love/Hate Race Training Relationship

I LOVE race training. Oh and I also hate it. If you’re a regular reader you know I make elaborate training plans and rarely follow through to the fullest. But hey, that’s me and my approach. Come race day, I’m typically feeling ready enough for the distance to compete and to enjoy myself. As stressful as it can be to have a training calendar, I love the structure and having goals to work towards.

Race Training

A couple of weeks ago I traveled to Vancouver for the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon. Did I train? Not really. But I had a hell of a weekend and loved the race, even if parts of it were a struggle.

Very shortly after the race I started having long text chains with Kristine about future races. Kristine might be my race soulmate. We seem to have a similar track record of getting excited for races, sometimes training, sometimes not, complaining about the distance, then moments after crossing the finish line, wanting to sign up for another race. We have both run two marathons and have almost identical finish times. We both met our goal of finishing under 4 hours by promising ourselves that if we did that, we’d never have to run a marathon again. But of course, we’re already discussing if and when we should run another.

For the next two months, I’m focused on being toned and trim for my wedding, but after that, get me back to racing! I’d love to use race weekends as a way to explore the west coast. We’ve been brainstorming and have a pretty awesome list of potential races.

On my radar for 2017

Writing them all out, that’s a lot of races! I’m not going to do all of them, but it’s my initial interest list.

I would love to hear from you– have you done any of these races or are there are other west coast races that I should consider? What races are you targeting for 2017? Please comment below and let’s get racing!

Daily Eats: A Look at My Day, Bite by Bite

August 22, 2016

daily eats

Since leaving NYC and my regular routine on May 31st, I’ve been slowly adjusting to my west coast life. During our 17 day road trip (which oh man, I still haven’t finished recapping for you! Coming later this week, promise) I ate and drank a lot. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience so how could I not have the local Grand Teton beer? Then since arriving in SF, my routine has been way off from what I’m used to, but I’m doing my best to stay healthy along the way.

In New York, it was easy to track my meals. Breakfast when I got to work, a mid-day snack, lunch with coworkers, dinner at home. But now I’m not sitting at a desk all day. Some days I’m running around from class to class, other days I’m home most of the day, doing work or just hanging out (can’t say my schedule has gotten too busy yet!). I LOVE snacking, and it is a huge struggle for me to not snack all day long when I’m home. Even if I’m having healthy snacks like raw nuts or fresh fruit, over-snacking will take its toll. At work I was limited to the small portion of snacks I packed for the day. Now it’s a free-for-all.

Inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, PaleOMG and her Weekly Workouts and Daily Meals posts, I’m going to share a recap of my daily eats, one day a week, plus my workout of the day. I’m going to be honest with you, even if I lose my cool and eat an entire bag of dried mango (happens more than I’d like to admit). I hope that by sharing my daily eats, you’ll be inspired by the recipes and it will help you on your own quest for balance. And it will keep me in check too!

Let’s kick it off this week. Here’s a look at my Daily Eats from Monday, August 21:

9AM: First things first, I’m trying to start each day with a glass of lemon water. I bought Santa Cruz organic pure lemon juice to easily have it on hand. For a while I would buy fresh lemons but inevetibly after a day or two I’d forget about my commitment to drinking lemon water and all the lemons would rot before I recommitted. Today is day 1 of my recommittment of drinking lemon water…again.

Daily Eats

10am: After taking Ollie for a walk I whipped up one of my favorite breakfasts. In a hot pan with a touch of olive oil I carmelized half an onion, then once transulecent, added a cup of spinach, let that cook down, then mixed in one egg. In the bowl, I added 1/4 avocado, topped with sea salt, pepper and hot sauce. Side of iced coffee with almond milk.

Daily eats

Workout: I took myself to Equinox for a double workout. Totally spoiled from having Equinox one block away in NYC, now the closest one is a 30 minute walk. To make it worth my while, I like to double up. This time–45 minute cycling followed by 45 minute Chisel’d-a metabolic conditioning class.

3PM: When I finally returned home I was so hungry. Went way too long between my meals. Threw strawberries, blueberries & almond butter in a bowl and topped it with shredded coconut and chia seeds. *I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog that I was going to give up fruit. Well, I just can’t do it. I’m going to try again right before the wedding, but at the moment I can’t help myself.

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3:30PM: K, still so hungry. Went for raw almonds, raw pecans, goji berries and dried apricots.

Daily Eats

5PM: Probably only hungry out of boredom but went back for 5 more apricots (I have a serious issue with dried fruit of any kind and need to work on this).

7pm: Massaged kale with olive oil, salt and avocado then mixed in grilled chicken, strawberries and beets. Also roasted a big pan of crinkle cut butternut squash (get ’em at Trader Joe’s!). Tries to fool you into thinking you’re eating fries and only partially succeeds. Topped with a sprinkling of truffle salt.

Daily bites

There you have it! A day in the life of my eating. I tend to do much better when I keep myself busy and out of the house for big blocks of the day. Like this day where I took the time to head downtown to Equinox, I wasn’t at home constantly thinking about snacks. I’ll admit that I wanted a few more snacks but then knew I’d have to put it in this blog post and held off. Proof that it wasn’t out of hunger that I was wanting the snacks.

More daily eats coming your way next week!

Summer Recipe: Warm Grilled Peaches

August 21, 2016

Grilled peaches

In New York, MM and I were extremely fortunate to score an apartment with a backyard. The first necessary purchase was a grill. I had no idea how much this would change our cooking and eating habits. We started grilling weekly, first with meats and veggies, and then experimenting with different fruit. We’ve tried watermelon (tasty but honestly not worth the effort), bananas (yum) and one of my favorites–peaches.

When we moved to San Francisco, outdoor space for grilling was high on our priority list. Luckily, we moved into an apartment building complete with two large community grills. Even though having our own private grill in NYC was awesome, I think this is even better since you don’t have to worry about refilling the propane tank, a bit of a hassle, especially in NYC. Plus it’s cleaned daily. Cali perks!

I’m no pro on the grill, that’s MM’s area of expertise; I handle the fruit and veggie prep. Grilled peaches are on heavy rotation as dessert in our house. Prep is simple and it’s the perfectly sweet way to end a meal on a healthy note.

Grilled Peaches

Grilled Peaches Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Fresh peaches, sliced into quarters
  • Coconut oil
  • Sea salt

How-To:

  • Place peaches in a large bowl and drizzle coconut oil on top. Depending on temperatures, coconut oil may be hard. If it is, microwave it for 20 seconds so you can more easily work with the liquid. You don’t need to overdo it on the coconut oil, just enough to give each piece of peach the lightest of coatings.
  • Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
  • Mix together until peaches are evenly covered in the coconut oil. This is extra easy if your large bowl has a lid. Simply cover and shake around until well-mixed.
  • Heat grill to medium then place peaches on the grill. Watch closely for grill marks and once you see them, flip peaches to evenly grill on each side. If like ’em charred, keep them on a bit longer. Typically we keep the peaches on for about 3-5 minutes per side.
  • Remove from heat, wait a couple of minutes to allow the peaches to cool just slightly, then dig in!
  • If you’re having a decadent (yet still paleo!) night, top with So Delicious Coconut Ice Cream (watch out, it’s addicting)

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So, who’s coming over for a our next BBQ??

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