A little belated, cuz holla for a dolla it’s June!  But I wanted to bring my May Three Things to a close.

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1. Spectate at a race – Completed when I watched Grahamela race.

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2. #ThrowbackThursday – The old school recipes I shared include:

3. Take the stairs – I didn’t think this was going to happen, but on the last day of the month I was forced to take the stairs. Only one out of three elevators in our building was functioning for regular use. The second was broken and the third was being used for moving. The one elevator was taking FOREVER, so instead of waiting FOREVER, I decided to take the stairs up FOREVER. I was not in the mood to be stair stepping, or sweating for 18 stories.  It was not ideal, but at least I didn’t leave this goal short.

What are your goals this month?

photo_4I swear. Justin and I should win the Guinness World Record for best spectators ever.  Guinness World Records you hear that?!

A week ago from Sunday (May 4th), we drove on up to Newport to watch Graham debut in his first marathon in 2 years.  Little did we (or maybe little did I) know, we would turn spectating into a game.  Because we ended up seeing Graham FOURTEEN times.  FOURTEEN times in the span of 26.2 miles.

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Honestly, I don’t even know how we did it.  I feel like I was out of my mind or less than coherent that morning.  So from my recollection, most of it seemed to be dumb luck.  For example we’d be driving, and I’d be like “there he is!”  So we’d roll down the window and yell (me – deeply at the top of my lungs).  Or we’d realize that he was coming up soon so Justin would just pull over, I’d pop out and stand there “Go Graham,” and scurry back into the car.  It was more fun than I ever thought spectating could be!

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Also, how good of friends are we?  (yes, this post is about to become self-praising).  First of all, I woke up at 3:30 AM on a Sunday morning.  When do I ever do that? NEVER.  Not even for my own races.  Second, I made bomb signs. And lastly, we saw him FOURTEEN times.  I’m sure (at times) we were more agitating than encouraging, especially to everyone around him who were probably “what the hell is up with this Graham guy? And why does he poop?”

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So really, out of this experience, Justin and I learned we should probably become professional spectators and be available for hire.  So here’s the deal…  
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Hire us as professional spectators!
The process:
  • Let us shadow you for a couple days, establish some inside jokes, get to know you.  Then we’ll make some creative signs.
  • Using our high-tech navigational tools and keen sense of detection skills,we will survey the course for optimal cheering potential.
  • We will take into account your pace and even offer temporary pacing!

Plus, afterwards we will treat you to breakfast, but only if it’s foodie-approved and gluten-free.  And then, we will make you wait 1 hour plus to eat!  But our treat (true life, sorry Graham)!

P.S. Congrats Graham, on a 23 minute PR. But just wait until I run a 7-hour marathon and then a 4-hour marathon so I can purposely claim the “Marathon Leader” title 😛

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Avocado Toast at Haute Cakes Caffe

May – Thing One: Spectate at a race
See: Three Things – May

Time to set some new goals, and recap last month’s while we’re at it.  In terms of my “Three Things April,” 2 out of 3 goals were a success.  A brief recap:
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1. Go Meatless! – Meatless Monday was a huge success.  Not only did a go meatless for all April Monday’s, but I succeeded in going veg for an additional number of days too.  The recipes I made and shared include:
2. Run with a four-legged friend – I ran with Piper at least once a week for a total of  34.1 miles.  This is something I plan to continue, primarily on my easy/recovery runs.  I enjoy having her along, especially in the early morning, because she gives me a sense of safety and I enjoy the company (even if she tends to move unexpectedly)!
3. Complete a photo challenge – On the failure front, I participated in the Run This Year photo challenge for..oh, two days?  I’m just not good at daily photo challenges!  I like Instagram, but it’s too hard for me to stay that consistent.

Okay, now, onto May.

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1.  Spectate at a race –  Recently I’ve been craving just spectating at a race.  I never do this because I always seem to find myself running every race.  This might be cheating because I already know I’m going to accomplish this tomorrow…but maybe I can just go for the “best spectator/sign-maker award.” (image source)

2. #ThrowbackThursday – Share posts and recipes that I’ve failed to share in a timely manner.  Maybe drafted or made one, two months ago and have just been sitting on the back burner. (image source)

3. Take the stairs – One thing I hate is taking the stairs.  I am definitely far from a stair master.  Twice I’ve taken the stairs up to my apartment, which might be psychotic since we live on the 18th floor… but my goal is to opt to take the stairs at least once a week, maybe on a rest day, to get in some additional steps. (image source)

What are your goals for May?

Geez, I can’t even believe it’s already April.  It seems just like last week I entered the Nike Women’s Half Marathon lottery for DC, and now the race is almost here!  Devon and I finally booked our flights, which seemed to hang over our heads for quite some time, but I guess it’s still 3-4 weeks away.  It felt like we were procrastinating, but I guess that’s just because we’re usually on top of our stuff.  Anyways, here are some things I want to do and goals I’ve set for April:

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  1. Go Meatless! – This month I’m going to go meatless on Mondays–something I feel like I never thought I’d do because meat always makes it into a majority of my meals. Every Monday morning I’ll be posting a meatless recipe in case you want to join in!
  2. Run with a four-legged friend – My plan is to get Little Miss Piggy (Piper) up and out more often for a run. For the longest time I was hesitant to take her out, but I think she’s finally the right age. Plus she has more energy than she knows what to do with, even after we run! My goal will be to take her out at least once a week.
  3. Complete a photo challenge – There seems to be a lot of photo challenges floating around there for April, but I’m going to try my best to participate in the Run This Year April photo-a-day challenge on my personal IG, in addition to doing some monitoring on the RTY instagram itself!

What are your goals for April?

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Because I can bust out yoga moves at any random point in time 😛 But really…it originally just started as an activity my co-worker and I did together (in addition to obsessing over our fitbits).  After one class I was hooked, and immediately started to go 3 times a week.  After just one week I started to notice a difference in body tone and definition.  This in itself made me want to go back for more and more!

Why I (really) love yoga sculpt:

  • Builds core
  • Strenthens hips – an area I never really focus on because they’re always tight
  • Improves posture/upper body strength
  • Increases Balance
  • Works lower body – but not in a hindering way
  • Makes you feel refreshed post-workout – like cleansed, renewed, and more awake than when you started.
  • Benefits running – all of the above helps to improve my running and make me more of an efficient runner.

Lately my running coach has been emphasizing the importance of cross-training to our club.  Why?  Because it strengthens imbalances, and prevents injury. I have finally found a cross-training activity that I can sustain and attend on a consistent basis…yoga sculpt!

This month my goal was to attend 16 yoga sculpt classes.  I ended up attending a mix of 12 yoga classes (sculpt, fusion, power hour) plus 3 extraneous cross-training workouts.  I fell a little short, but I’ve grown to love it and have worked it into my training schedule as much as possible!

What’s your favorite way to cross-train? 

March – Thing Three: Complete a cross-train challenge
See: Three Things – March l March – Thing One l March – Thing Two

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On Sunday I ran The Encinitas Mile, an inaugural, small and local race.

A mile is hard to recap because it’s basically over before it even starts.  The morning of I didn’t know why I thought it would be fun to run a mile.  I was really nervous before the start, because it’s just so short, and right out of the gate you have to go fast.  But I just hoped adrenaline would carry me for the entire mile.

There were several different heats — kids’, under 18, masters, elite women, open women, open men, elite men and dog mile.  My heat didn’t start until 9am.  I arrived around 8:30am and parking was seamless in the Coaster parking lot.  I walked over around 8:40am, and my extent of warming up was running to the bathroom…

I started off fast and when I looked at my watch I was around a 5:30 pace. I knew this was waaay too fast, so I held back and settled into a pace even though I felt like everyone else was going to pass me.  The first quarter mile to the half mile was probably the hardest and seemingly longest.

After the turn-around things got a little easier and I stopped looking at my watch.  I hung behind this one girl in a neon shirt until I decided I could pass her. Originally, I was just going to let her pull me because the next girl seemed a little bit too far ahead to chase.  However, as the race would have it, I was able to catch up to the next girl and pass her around the last 400m mark.  At this point I just ran as hard as a could.

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When I crossed the finish line my chest just hurt. I kept checking my spit to make sure there wasn’t any blood in it, because that’s how bad it hurt!  The mile is the shortest race I’ve ever run, but it definitely hurt the most!

I ended up with 6:09.4, 10th in the open women’s and 41 overall (there were about 300 people total).  Although I didn’t prepare for this race in any way, I achieved my goal of pushing myself to my limits and seeing how fast I could run one mile.  I’m not sure how I feel about racing one mile in general, but I could seeing it as a using it for a potential benchmark race next year.

March – Thing Two: Push Yourself
See: Three Things – March l March – Thing One

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One of my goals for the longest time has been to stay consistent with prepping my meals.  Just taking a couple hours one day to prep everything makes the rest of the week so easy.

For the past two weeks I’ve been on a roll.  And since I always want the same thing for breakfast, I had an epiphany to just prepare everything (meaning breakfast, lunch, and snacks included)  and take it all to work.  I realized that trying to eat at home and hustle to get ready for work, just never works.  I end up losing focus up and just eating in the bathroom…FAIL.

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Plus!  I just got a new “adult” lunchbox a la Target that fits everything perfectly.  Now I look less hobo-ish not carrying everything in a reusable grocery bag.

My current prepped meals:
Breakfast: mixed fruit, greek yogurt, honey drizzle and cereal/granola
Snack 1: overnight oats or mocha protein shake
Lunch: warm salad bowl (simple: quinoa, greens, broccoli, kabocha squash, chicken, etc. extravagant: chicken farro health bowl, healthy rice bowl)
Snack 2: quest bar
Dinner: flexible/TBD daily

Tell me!  What’s in your fridge?

March – Thing One: Prep food consistently
See: Three Things – March

March is going to be a busy month! Already in the horizon:

  1. Enter the Chicago Marathon lottery.
  2. Tame the beast with hired dog whisperer/therapist/trainer
  3. Get the said beast fixed! No more raging puppy hormones, no potential for future Piper’s.
  4. Run a one mile race.
  5. Eat corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day(?)
  6. Help Andy with her first ever “Fitness Fiesta”
  7. Attend another wine dinner/Dad will visit/have a foodie weekend
  8. Travel to the middle of nowhere (in California) for a work conference, where milking cows is an activity option…and no, it’s not Modesto.
  9. Run a 5k, hopefully PR/run in the 21 min range.
  10. Sculpt my bod all month long via yoga sculpt

In the meantime, here’s my March bucket list:

  1. Prep food consistently – At first I wanted to do a “food challenge,” but I decided that instead of eliminating food and giving up my favorite breakfast (fruit, yogurt and cereal/granola), I’d rather try to keep my fridge full of healthy on-hand options.
  2. Push yourself– Push yourself to step out of your comfort zone.  Whether that’s one more rep, one more mile, one more minute.  Trying a new workout, standing in the front of a workout class, etc.  This month I’m going to run an inaugural local race to push myself to see how fast I can run one mile.
  3. Complete a cross-train challenge – Maybe it’s 30 days of yoga, doing a plank challenge, or incorporating more core work after every run.  This month I want to try and get in 16 days of yoga sculpt.  I’m looking to do 4 classes a week accomplish this.

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What are three things you want to do this month?

So I finally did it.  I cancelled my 24 Hour Fitness gym membership.  I was so hesitant for the longest time because I feared losing my grandfathered-in Super Sport membership and regretting it.  However, when I looked back at my attendance history, I saw that I had not been since November, in which I only went once, and before that, only once in October.  I knew my good intentions of making up all this lost time was not feasible.  And even though I always wanted to get to their pool (to the extent of buying my own kickboard and pull buoy), I never did.

So moral of the story: I cancelled my gym membership and got hooked up with a membership for a pool that I will actually use.  A pool with absolutely NO ONE there, ever.  How beautiful is this?

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Plus it’s attached to a spa and shower with soaps and shampoos that make you leave smelling like a mermaid (in the best possible way).

This month I completed my goal of swimming at least once a week.  It’s something I definitely want to keep up and maintain as part of my cross-training.  I find it to be so relaxing and feel completely refreshed afterwards!

What’s your favorite method of cross-training?

February – Thing Three: Start Swimming more
See: Three Things – February l February – Thing One l February – Thing Two

Last month I looked through my mom’s February issue of Real Simple magazine and was intrigued by all of the recipes for “Super Bowls.”  I tried to take notes but they all looked so good, I just had to buy the issue!  I knew once I was able to break away from my standard chicken, broccoli and kabocha lunch, I would have to make one of these bowls.  This health bowl is packed with different textures and flavor.  From the zest of the carrots, to the creamy mouth-feel of the farro… this might just be what I eat for the next 3 weeks straight! 😉

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Chicken Farro Health Bowl
Inspired by Real Simple
INGREDIENTS:
3-4 chicken tenders, cooked and shredded
1 cup farro, cooked
2 cups power greens
1/2 cup lemony carrots (see recipe below)
1/2 cup sautéed mushrooms
1/2 cup snap peas, chopped
1/4 avocado, sliced
1 handful walnuts
2 Tbsp. mustard vinaigrette (see recipe below)
DIRECTIONS:

  1.  Layer all ingredients together.  Toss with mustard vinaigrette.

Lemony Carrots
from Real Simple
INGREDIENTS:
1 lb baby carrots
1 lemon, sliced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt & pepper, to taste
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Toss baby carrots and lemon with the olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes.

Mustard Vinaigrette
from Real Simple
INGREDIENTS:
1/3 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
Salt & pepper
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together.  Season with salt and pepper.

February – Thing Two: Make new lunches
See: Three Things – February l February – Thing One

 
 
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