Workout Recap: Half Marathon Training Week 3, 1/6 – 1/12

A day late and a dollar short! Well, several dollars short since I don’t get paid for all this :).

I went to write this post Saturday only to find that my laptop refused to turn on. There had been no blue screens of impending doom, no warning signals. Just a laptop that was dead to the world. I checked to make sure the cord was plugged in, pushed the power button again and again…nada. I stuck it back on the shelf just knowing the battery had gone kaput and that the Mr. would have to work his magic when he got back into town.

Well, he worked his magic this morning all right. Turns out his magic involves making sure that the cord’s not just plugged in but plugged ALL THE WAY in. D’oh. Stupid technologies.

Monday: Stretch + strength

Tuesday: 2.96 miles, 11.14 min/mile average, with 4 x 400 repeats. Clearly I could work on consistency with these repeats! I also think I’m getting out of the gate a bit fast.

First – 0.26 mi in 2:15.3, 8:41 pace

Second – 0.24 mile in 2.07.5, 9:01 pace

Third – 0.25 mile in 2.19.2, 9:15 pace

Fourth – 0.25 mile in 2.09.3, 8:31 pace

Wednesday: lazy rest

Thursday: 2.21 miles, 12.21 min/mile, hills. I had plans Thursday evening to check out Amaluna with the girls, and it was so tempting to skip this run. Work ran late, I wanted to eat a healthy meal at home before I left, I had to factor in time for BART, if I ran I’d have to blow dry my hair, etc. But I resisted all the excuses and just got done with I could do. It wasn’t the three miles I had planned, but it was better than zero miles.

Also Amaluna was great! One of the dancers had the most amazing back and I had some major back envy going on. There was also a sudden urge to take trapeze classes then run away and join the circus. Who’s coming with me?

Amaluna

Friday: 4.10 miles on the treadmill, 12:00 min/mile. Strength.

Saturday: 6 miles, 12.06 min/mile. A long run on a nice overcast morning. We were supposed to get some much-needed rain, but it drizzled for all of two seconds. I was disappointed.

Bay Trail

Sunday: Rest…took a quick road trip to hang with my brother for the day! We had a great time. Between you and me, he is one of my favorite people in the world, maybe even the universe.

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I was beat by the time I got home (8 hours on the road will do that to ya!), but I pushed through and did some food prep for the first part of the week. It paid off when I sat down to lunch today.

meal prep

Running Miles: 15.27

Here’s to another week of good company, good workouts, and yummy food!

Always, Sierra

Happy New Year’s Eve!

I started the last day of 2013 putting my body through the paces with an early morning strength workout. There’s something special about waking up before the rest of the house/world and getting your sweat on.

New Year's Eve workout

I’m hanging out now in our breakfast nook, AKA my new favorite spot, taking a little time for a hot toddy and reflecting on the year past.

hot toddy reflections

2013 was a big year for me: multiple career moves, moving to a new house, new animal, focusing on healthy living, new blog, travelling to new destinations, and handling my dad’s passing to name a few. It’s not hard to see how it all passed so quickly.

I went into the year without any resolutions, and I haven’t decided yet if I’ll be making a resolution for 2014. I used go into every new year with a laundry list of things to change and improve. Fact of the matter was, not keeping them also used to be my thing. As optimistic and shiny as the clean start of January 1st seems, we can choose that clean start for ourselves at anytime. It can be January 1st…or March 8th…or November 26th. Making small changes along the way is much more doable then picking 10 things to change at the start of a New Year.

Oprah Winfrey Quote, Cheers to a New Year

Still, whether or not there’s a resolution to be put in place, there is value on taking time to reflect on where you’ve been, and where you’d like to go. Here are a few of my favorite blog posts over the past couple days, I hope you find them as motivating as I did.

Wishing you a Happy New Year’s Eve, and safe celebrations. See you in 2014!

Always, Sierra

Maple Fig Chia Seed Pudding

Yesterday was magazine day! Call me old school, but I love coming home to these glossy pages. Browsing magazines with a glass of wine = ultimate indulgence.

magazines

Recently, I picked up some chia seeds at Marshalls on the cheap. I tend to be a toe dipper when it comes to the latest healthy food fads, but chia seeds have been calling my name. They’re a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, contain 18% of the daily amount of recommended calcium, and give you super human powers contain a good amount of protein. But don’t take my word for it, Dr. Oz says they rock, so it must be true!

My mission: turn Fall into a chia seed pudding. (Turns out when you mix them with liquids, they create a gel like consistency, much like tapioca pudding.) So I consulted one of my favorite books for a little inspiration…

Flavor Bible

Multi-tasking at it’s finest: researching flavors while icing my knee!

I’ve been having a bit of a flirtation with figs every time I go to the store or farmer’s market. I am not a fan of fig newtons at all, I think they’re pretty gross, but these weird little fruits have been enticing me with their odd shape and murmurs of sweet/savory flavor possibilities.

And so, a pudding was formed.

Maple Fig Chia Seed Pudding

Maple Fig Chia Seed Pudding 

  • 1 cup Coconut Dream Milk (or liquid of your choice)
  • 4 figs
  • 1 to 1.5 Tbsp maple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon  (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
  • toasted walnuts for garnish (optional)

Directions: Combine figs and coconut milk and blend until smooth (I used an immersion blender, but either kind would work).

Add in the maple syrup in increments, blending and tasting as you go. Some varieties of figs are sweeter than others, so you may need less sweetener in the long run.

Add in 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and blend, if desired. This tastes great without the cinnamon, but the aroma of the cinnamon really makes it smell and taste like Fall to me.

Once you’ve combined all ingredients and are satisfied with the flavors, add in the chia seeds and blend. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, and stir. Let sit for a few more minutes, stir again. This to avoid the gel-like chia seeds clumping together to create a weird consistency.

Once you’ve stirred a few times, let the pudding sit for 30-60 minutes before eating (or overnight if you plan on eating it for breakfast). I stuck mine in the fridge because I love cold pudding, but if you were going to eat it soon, it could also hang out on the counter for a bit.

When I was ready to eat, I topped with a bit of toasted walnuts because I love nuts.

Maple Fig Chia Seed Pudding

Serves 2 breakfast-sized portions or 4 small snack-size portions.

Enjoy!

Always, Sierra

What’s your favorite flavor of pudding? I love a good home-made banana pudding! And by home-made I mean jello haha.

New to making chia seed pudding? Check out this post.

Some Things I’m Loving Right Now

1. Buying Activewear at Marshall’s

If I had it my way, I’d have an unlimited budget to buy all kinds of fun activewear like the Reebok Strength is Beautiful tank, this Run Pretty Far tee, and this Nike Dri-Fit Knit Short-Sleeve, but it doesn’t quite work that way. I spend most of my budget on running capris (hello chub rub) and quality shoes (because you can’t run without healthy feet), but I still want to look cute and Marshalls has been coming to my rescue lately.

Marshall's running tops

All of these tops were in the $7.99 – $12.99 range. The black one is a basic New Balance tank, and my favorite to run in by far. It fits well and keeps me cool. Both the purple one and the light green one are Avia. I am in love with the back of the purple one, but I wish I had taken the time to try it on. It’s a little too big and flops around a bit in the front when I run. The light green one is super soft and has been my go-to tank for barrelates and yoga.

flax seed and chia seeds

I also scored a great deal on flaxseed and chia seeds at Marshalls, who would have though?! That bag of flaxseed was only $3.99.

2. Infused Water

Infused water is one of those healthy living tips that everyone suggests, and that I’ve always passed over as being too simple. I can’t believe I wasted so many years of potentially delicious water! My co-worker brought in a ton of oranges and lemons and I thought I might as well give it a shot. I haven’t looked back since.

Infused water combos

I’ve tried a few combos: orange lemon, strawberry mint, orange mint, and lemon ginger (using a ginger pack from my sushi lunch…keeping it classy lol). The strawberry mint was my favorite by far, but the lemon ginger is a close second.

I usually infuse the fruit over 2-3 days, refilling the quart jar as needed. If I notice the mint turning brown, I’ll take it out. Strawberries are a little pricey to be using for this, so I usually use the ones that are starting to get a little mushy.

3. Finding new tasty treats at Trader Joe’s

I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s very often, mostly because the few that are in my area are always super crowded. When I do go, I never fail to find new things to try.

Trader Joe's snacks

The Herbs & Spices popcorn has a strong dill flavor, and I can pretty much eat the whole bag in one sitting. The tomato-basil hummus has been a long time favorite, and the reduced guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt dip is okay but not as good as the full guilt version. The standout winner of this group are the Toasted Coconut Cookie Thins. Ahhh-mazing. The crunchy texture and coconut flavor are a satisfying and delicious combination.

What have you been loving lately?

Always, Sierra