Monday, August 13, 2018

Weekly Review

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  It ended up a pretty good weekend for us, and I managed to get in most of my workouts.  I had some weird neck/back issues so I didn't go to body pump because I felt like the back and shoulder weight lifting was a bad idea.  I'm not sure what caused it, maybe sleeping badly while camping?  But here's what I did get done last week.

Monday - Rest day

Tuesday - 3 easy mile.  I ended up doing these on the treadmill and I haven't figured out an easy pace on the treadmill yet so I know this was a bit too hard.


Wednesday - 45 minutes on the elliptical and lower body weights on my own.  I skipped body pump because of my neck.


Thursday - Speed work - 1 mile warm up, 2 miles at half marathon pace and 1 mile cool down.


Friday - Unplanned rest day.  I had planned to do some strength training during the day but I ended up having to go into the office instead of working from home.

Saturday - 4 easy miles


Sunday - 8 mile long run with a friend.  It was nice to have some catch up time during the run.


So that was last week.  The plan for this week is similar and I think my neck is better so hopefully I can go back to body pump.

Monday - rest day plus an evening meeting
Tuesday - Body pump
Wednesday - 3 mile easy run in the morning
Thursday - 4 miles with 2 miles at half marathon pace
Friday - Body pump
Saturday - 4 miles
Sunday - 4 miles

I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.


 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Weekly Review

I hope you all had a great week!  My week ended up a little complicated last week because of some travel but I got in all my planned runs.  Here are the details.

Monday - 3 mile easy run


Tuesday - 1 mile warm up, 2 miles at half marathon pace, and 1 mile cool down


Wednesday - Rest day and flying back home from Atlanta

Thursday - 4 mile easy run


Friday - 4 mile easy run plus driving out to West Virginia and a little hiking in the rain when we got there.


Saturday - More hiking.  We were staying at a beautiful camp site next to a creek with some swimming holes so we were able to spend some time in the water too.  We were lucky and managed to avoid any rain on Saturday.


Sunday - rest day and driving back from West Virginia.

I spent some of the morning relaxing in this hammock

So those were my workouts last week.  This week looks like it will be more rain but fingers crossed that it will work out for my running dates.  Here's the plan for this week.

Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - 3 easy miles
Wednesday - Body Pump
Thursday - 1 mile warm up, 2 miles half marathon pace, 1 mile cool down
Friday -  Body Pump
Saturday - 4 mile easy run
Sunday - 8 miles

 I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.


 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Weekly Review

Hope everyone is doing well!  I’m a day late with my weekly wrap but better late than never.  The week went well for the most part but we had some unexpected travel come up at the end of the week.  Here’s the summary.

Monday - planned rest day

Tuesday - Body Pump with a 15 minute warm up on the elliptical





Wednesday - Treadmill run after work





Thursday - body pump video at home

Friday - three mile easy run





Saturday - 7 mile run with 4 miles at half marathon pace in the middle.  This was tough!



We also went to a local convention and enjoyed checking out everyone’s costumes.  Plus I picked up a couple Star Wars things.





Sunday - unplanned rest day since we had to fly down to Atlanta

I also worked from home Thursday and Friday last week since the gas company needed someone at home to change our pipe.  So I had lots of kitty time :)





This week has been going ok.  We’re flying home tomorrow and camping on the weekend.  So here’s the plan for the week.

Monday - 3 mile easy run (done)
Tuesday - 4 miles with 2 miles at half marathon pace (done)
Wednesday - rest day and flying home
Thursday - 4 mile easy run
Friday - 4 mile easy run
Saturday and Sunday - running and yoga

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Eggplant "Bacon"

We got another eggplant in our hungry harvest box last week.  And it's too hot to go with the eggplant chili we've made in the past.  So I wasn't sure what to do with it but inspiration struck when we were at Taylor Gourmet (a local sandwich shop) before the Janelle Monae concert last week.  They had a veggie sandwich with crispy strips of eggplant and it was sooo good!  So I decided to try to recreate it at home.  I looked up eggplant bacon recipes and used one from the Minimalist Baker as a starting point.  You all, it was amazing!

Here's my version of the recipe.
  • 1 medium eggplant 
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp tamari
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • Hot sauce to taste 
Pre-heat the oven to 225 (or 250 if you want it to be crispier).  Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Slice the eggplant thinly (I used a mandoline set to 1/8 inch). You definitely want to make sure the eggplant is sliced thinly and evenly if you want it to crisp up.

Whisk the rest of the ingredients together to make a sauce.  You'll probably have extra sauce left over, I bet it would be great on tofu too!


Arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on the baking pan and brush both sides with the sauce.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool.  It should crisp up more as it cools.  My first batch was at 225 degrees and had a lot of sauce on it.  It was more chewy than crispy.  My second batch I was stingier with the sauce and cooked it at 250 degrees.  It crisped up nicely.  But both were really good.  Mike actually preferred the chewier version with more sauce while I preferred the second version.


The original recipe claims that they'll be good for 5 days in the refrigerator or 1 month in the freezer.  I was going to freeze half but Mike actually liked it so much that he decided to put it on his lunch sandwiches this week (along with his usual meat and cheese).  And I'm using mine on sandwiches for lunch with sriracha mayo, tomatoes and slaw. 


Does it taste like bacon?  I have no idea.  But is it delicious?  Absolutely!  I knew this one was a keeper since Mike was skeptical of the experiment at the start but then asked to have some for his sandwiches :)  I'm sure we'll be making it again.  And while it did take some time for the eggplant to cook, most of the time is while it's in the oven so you're free to do other things. 

 I'm linking up with Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday.



 Jalapeno Quinoa Lentil Slaw

Monday, July 23, 2018

Weekly Review

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Things went pretty well for me and though I had to move things around and do some double workout days, I got all my planned work outs in.  Here's the details for the week.

Monday - 30 minutes on the elliptical plus body pump.  It was a new release this week and it was really tough, especially the lunge section.  But thankfully, I didn't experience a lot of DOMS.


Tuesday - Planned rest day

Wednesday - Speed work in the morning.  1 mile warm up, 2 miles at half marathon pace, and 1 mile cool down.  My first mile at half marathon pace was slow but it was also net uphill.  The second mile was on pace.  So I think it averaged out ok.


Thursday - Unplanned rest day

Friday - I moved Thursday's easy run here and got it done on the treadmill before body pump.


We also went to the Janelle Monae concert Friday evening.  I had been looking forward to this for a long time and it didn't disappoint.  It was an amazing concert and she put on an amazing show.  But more than that, it felt really life affirming and it just felt like there was a lot of love and kindness in the air.


Saturday - Unplanned rest day.  Well, it rained all day.  I actually got up early to run because the forecast the day before said it wouldn't start raining until later.  Then it said it would clear up around 10am so I figured I'd wait until then.  Nope.  It was a cut back week with only 2 miles on Saturday and Sunday so I just decided I would combine it into a 4 miler Sunday morning.

Sunday - 4 mile run.  I got up early to get this in before it rained and thankfully the weather held out.  In fact, it didn't start raining until the afternoon but then it really poured in the evening.  The poor cats were pretty freaked out and Shelby wouldn't come out from under the bed.


So those were my workouts last week.  This week looks like it will be more rain but fingers crossed that it will work out for my running dates.  Here's the plan for this week.

Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - Body pump
Wednesday - Morning speed work (3.25 miles with 1.25 at 10k pace)
Thursday - Easy run after work
Friday -  Body Pump
Saturday - 3 mile easy run
Sunday - 7 miles with 4 miles at half marathon pace (!)

 I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.

 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday Five - Goals Update

I hope everyone had a great week!  I've realized it's been months since I joined the Friday Five so I'm excited to be joining up again.  It's a wonderful link up hosted by Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness.  We're more than half way through the year so I'm going to check up on my goals again and see how things are progressing.
 Friday Five Linkup 2.0

1.  1. Sub 3 hour half marathon - Well, my running related goals have hit an obstacle due to the tendinitis I was dealing with earlier this year.  My Spring half marathon ended up being a DNS.  But I still have a half coming up in October.  And the Nationwide Columbus half marathon is nice and flat.  I'm just going to be diligent about training and see what happens, but I don't want to push too hard and risk injury again.


All smiles after my PR half from December 2016 

2. Get back to body pump - This has been going well!  Again, a little bit of a set back because the doctor had said no body pump when I had the tendinitis but I've been going again and really enjoying it. 

3.  700 miles - I'm behind on this but still hope that I can make up the difference on the back half of the year, fingers crossed.  I'm only at 250 miles so far and I should be at more than 350 by now.  So we'll see what happens with this one.

4.  Read more non-fiction (6 books) -  I've read 2 and am working on a third, so I think I'm on track for this one.  I read a Mindy Kaling biography and a book about cat evolution.  I'm currently reading a book that's speculating about the future of humans but this one is taking me a while.  Part of it is because I keep getting distracted by fiction but part of it is that this one just isn't interesting me as much as I thought it would.

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5.  Cook more at home -  I've been better about this as well.  Getting the Hungry Harvest box is really helping.  It kind of forces us to cook since we have fresh produce being delivered to the house every two weeks.
Roasted vegetables from a dinner party earlier this year

So that's the progress on my goals.  Several of them were impacted by tendinitis but we'll see what happens the rest of the year!




Monday, July 16, 2018

Weekly Review

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Ours was pretty relaxed, which was definitely needed.  And as far as the work out front last week, I got in all my runs but only 1 strength training session instead of 2.  Here are the details.

Monday - rest day

Tuesday - unplanned rest day since I wasn't feeling well.  I slept through my alarm and actually went home from work early.

Wednesday - morning run, 3 miles easy


Thursday - 40 minutes on the elliptical and body pump


Friday - Speed work in the morning - 1 mile warm up, 1 mile 10k pace and 1.5 mile cool down.  We also went out for dinner and saw Antman and the Wasp Friday night.  I really enjoyed the movie.


Saturday - 3 mile easy run (I was definitely sore from body pump Thursday and speed work Friday).  The rest of Saturday was some errands and cleaning but mostly relaxing.  It was wonderful!


Sunday - 6 miles.  This was a fun run since I was able to meet up with a friend for it and it was on a pretty paved trail that I like.  The only downside of the trail is that it's downhill on the way out (yay!) but uphill on the way back.  Or course, I forgot to take any photos.  #bloggerfail.  We also volunteered at a local Farmer's Market for a couple hours doing voter registration and afterward we went to brunch with old friends we hadn't seen in a while.


So those were my workouts last week.  Here's the plan for this week.

Monday - Body Pump
Tuesday - Rest day
Wednesday - Morning speed work (4 miles with 2 miles at half marathon pace)
Thursday - Easy run after work
Friday -  Body Pump video at home
 Saturday - 2 mile easy run
Sunday - 3 miles

 I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.