Since my last post on Oct. 21st, I’ve been training, enjoying time with friends, and preparing for the upcoming Young Adult Cancer Canada survivor conference (stoked to be the personal trainer/health representative for the weekend in St. John’s!). Really, it’s been a little bit of this and little bit of that, with a more major bit of something to come in the morning – but you’ll have to get to the bottom of the post to find out what it is!
A Little Bit of Running:
In keeping with my winter goal, I’ve been continuing to run outside as he weather is distinctly colder now than even last week! It’s getting harder to get out the door! But I’ve had other reasons that have kept me moving and staying consistent with my goal:
I ran 9 (unusually warm and sunny) miles total on an errand to purchase *cheap* movie tickets (did you know you can get discounted tickets through AMA?), then cash in the vouchers for the tickets, then home…all in the name of date night with Mike!
The following day I headed out to return a rental video and made it a great 6 mile loop on a beautiful day! I was grateful for the weather hanging on and for the chance to do errands on foot.
The next day I braved the cold and pure fog (although the picture’s taken after my run when it let up quite a bit) for some morning movement that reminded me of running under foggy skies below the Golden Gate Bridge! It was pure enjoyable and even though the day looked so bleak and cold out, I went anyway and was SO glad I did!
A Little Bit of Cooking:
I seem to go through phases of cooking a lot and then finding quick-fix meals for a while. Between being in the cooking phase and having friends over (for a few unphotographed meals), I have a few new meals to share!
Pretty easy…just core the peppers, shake out the seeds, and add some cooked quinoa, random vegetables from inside your fridge, and some peppers. It kind of resembled this recipe.
For a healthy take on comfort food, some homemade pizza and a pumpkin beer did the trick (okay – somewhat healthy…but definitely comfort!).
A favorite of mine was a pureed butternut squash soup with leftover pizza and fresh cornbread (plus a tasty feta and strawberry spinach salad with wine brought over by friends!). I found that good recipe and modified if somewhat from Poor Girl Eats Well. It rocked!
Lastly, a tasty treat based on Angela’s Strawberry Oat Squares with Homemade Jam. Instead of strawberry jam, I made some blueberry jam because I haven’t been able to eat enough of those anti-oxident berries! And they turned out great! I followed Angela’s recipe and was glad I didn’t improvise on my own too much on this one – sometimes the real deal is better than my own imagination. 😉
And there you have it: a little bit of this and little bit of that. What have you been up to lately? Any good workouts or recipes to share? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment, drop a note, share a link.
I’m sure if you’ve read this far you’re wondering what I was alluding to in the beginning of this post…and that would be another “forced run:” I don’t have a car tomorrow morning so I’ve decided instead of borrowing one to run to my client’s house for our morning workout and run home! I’ve never done this before, but she has all her own equipment (including my favorite-ever, best go-to piece of equipment, the TRX!) so I have no need to carry any gear with me. Plus, it’s a great way to get a run in when I know the weather’s going to be cold and I won’t want to head out. 6 miles there, a 45 minute workout with my client, and 6 miles home. I’m leaving around 5 am, and I’m oddly excited about this challenge! The main thing I’m nervous about? The weather forecast! It’s certainly going to get colder, but compared to what the weather has been like, I’ll admit I’m a little nervous. Nothing my running tights, head warmer, and some gloves can’t fix though! See you under partly cloudy, dark skies tomorrow!
Live well and be well,