Wednesday, August 31, 2011

5k Training Weeks 3 & 4

With my crazy work schedule last week, I didn't get any extra runs in outside of my treadmill time with my trainer.  That said, I've been running the 2.0 mile and 2.25 mile legs this week.  I'm not double stacking my workouts, but rather taking away one easy day (Thursdays are supposed to be 1.5 miles throughout the training program) and putting in another 2.0 miles, which is totally manageable.

What is not manageable is the heat!  I don't know what's happening in the Rocky Mountain region, but apparently summer is here to stay. I waited until 7:30pm last night to do my run, and was completely disgusting by the time I got back.  We are one mile above sea level, so it wasn't humidity - it was remaining heat from a "record breaking" August heatwave.  Today was 97 degrees - what is the deal?!  Needless to say, tomorrow I'll forgo my preferred outdoor run to the "dreadmill" at the gym.

Coming up: adventures in homemade green smoothies

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vegan Recipe

Seitan - a wheat protein introduced to me by a co-worker last spring.  Prior to this, I had never tried it - and obviously never prepared it.  The following is her preparation method / recipe.

The ingredients: local seitan, nutritional yeast, grapeseed oil, and hot sauce (Cholula).

Chop into bite size pieces. . .

Cook in oil until crisp. . .

Add three tablespoons of nutritional yeast. . .

Add hot sauce as desired. . .

I served it on a local yellow potato, which was covered in a tablespoon of Tofutti Sour Cream and wilted spinach. . .

My thoughts:  I won't be making this again.  Mainly because my version of  it didn't turn out AT ALL like what she made.  However, she did say to fry it in oil, and I have never fried anything - I don't even know how!  It was alright, and I'll have leftovers if I feel like it - otherwise, it may be left to the squirrels (who frequent the dumpster).

Coming up:  5k Training Week 3 & 4

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Work Out Run Down - Trainer

50 box jumps
25 kettlebell swings (25lb)
1/2 mile sprint
50 straddle box jumps with a squat
25 kettlebell raises (hips to head with elbows up)
50 single leg raises on box (25 each side)
25 incline pushups

All of this in an hour!  The box was a bit taller than last time, so everything took longer.  I was most inspired by my half mile sprint, I took charge and pushed myself - and actually loved it!  I think running has finally become the stress reliever that I crave more than food. 

A proud day, I must say.  :)

Coming up:  A new vegan recipe

Saturday, August 20, 2011

5k Training - Week 2

The week was semi-successful, as I was able to get in some but not all of the scheduled runs.  I am willing to forgive myself as it was the most stressful week of the year, work-wise.  Additionally, I did get in my two scheduled sessions with my trainer at the gym.

Tomorrow I plan to put in two days worth of training (another 1.75 mile run, plus a 45 minute walk).

Here's how my run went on Tuesday:

Coming up:  Workout Run Down

***Sunday update:  I peeled three minutes off my time this morning for the 1.75 miles!  And more than a minute less on my average pace (13:21).  Woo hoo!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Photo Food Journal

Granola, rice milk, fresh blueberries. . .

Lunch: hummus wrap and Boulder Chips (240 calorie bag) - these photos are post consumption, as I did not bring the camera to work.

After work, I went in for an hour long session with my trainer.  Post workout, I had a pita with some Tofutti cream cheese (Not pictured)

Dinner's on the stove - a veritable vegetable meal featuring corn on the cob, and farmer's market roasted veggies (green beans, carrots, red onion, broccoli, red and gold potatoes) 

Okay, I didn't need to eat that.  Luckily, I only feel quasi-guilty about it.

Coming up: 5k Week Two

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

5k Training - Week 1

As previously mentioned, I'm using a training program from Hal Higdon and this week requires 1.5 mile runs on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Additionally, a long walk - up to 60 minutes on Sunday.  I'm still working out the kinks on what time of day will be best, but early morning is looking ideal.  My trainer workouts this week were yesterday (Monday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).  This means my rest day will be Friday.  Here's my run from this morning:

From top to bottom:  1.5 miles, 22:25 total time, average pace 14:57.  Yes, that's slow.  I know.  But, I'm climbing back on the wagon, and that's all that matters right now.

Coming up: Photo Food Journal