Darlings, it’s summer already! I am two months into a new (big, wow, hard) job and I’ve found my free time sponged up by the gym and dates with Aurelia.
I’m in training for the Smuttynose Rockfest marathon, thanks to my bestest best Betsy and her powers of persuasion. Part of my training includes a half marathon next weekend and a 30 k Payette Lake Run in McCall September 1st. Thrilling! I am not an extraordinary runner, but pace is really relative and part of what makes running so awesome is that your competition is really only yourself and the hardest part isn’t in your legs, but in your mind. I am loving the solace I find through a great run, even on the treadmill. I added a Daily Mile widget to the right side bar with a link to my profile where I track my mileage. I enjoy the design of the site and recommend it if you want an easy way to keep track of your workouts (running, cycling, swimming, mostly). I’m still going to CrossFit 3-4 times a week and love it more than ever, but I don’t track those WODS.
I don’t have any new wonderful recipes to share because I’ve been eating very routine, calorie-and-macro-tracked, portable meals. I’m skipping breakfast 2x a week to train fasted with BCAA’s and eat eggs and meat or bulletproof coffee the other days. I pack a big lunch of starchy veg and/or greens + meat + cut veggies + fresh or dried fruit to work every day. My primadonna tummy has been annoyingly particular for a couple months, so I eliminated all added sugar, grains, legumes, and (most) dairy in June and besides 2 cheat meals, I stuck to it and noticed …. no difference. I’m trying to slowly whittle off 2-4% body fat without losing lean muscle so I can run easier/faster/lighter and even while cutting out my much missed oatmeal, chocolate, and fro yo, my weight has still maintained the same +/- 5 pounds. My point is that my food is very predictable and a little bit boring these days. We all go through phases of creativity and experimentation countered with phases of survival and maintenance.
I bought two sets of the pyrex snap ware dishes from Costco and fill 6-10 up twice a week for all my lunches and more dinners than I should admit. Aurelia doesn’t seem to mind and it’s actually pretty easy feeding a toddler with so many pre-cut/cooked/portioned meals. She noshes on cucumber, salmon, chicken, hard boiled eggs, and sweet potatoes. And I have sausages, popcorn, whole grain bread, cheese, gallons of raw milk, and dried fruit just for her and it’s convenient enough. It’s so impossibly hot right now (108F today) that it’s been a relief to pull a protein packed meal out of the fridge and not have to heat up the oven or stove each night.
Here’s a few pictures from a recent multiple meal prep:
Sweet potatoes and parsnips tossed with sea salt, herbes de provence, pepper, and coconut oil. Ready to be tossed and put on a baking sheet to be roasted at 400F for 30-40 minutes, stirring a few times.
Before grilling chicken breasts, put them one by one into a large ziplock and pound with a rolling pin until the thickest part of the breast is about 1/2 – 3/4″, about the same as the thinner part of the breast. This will ensure even cooking time. No one likes dry chicken. Marinate for 2-24 hours in salt and spices, then cook on a grill that’s been preheated to 375-400F. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side and use a meat thermometer to check each breast. Done when the internal temperature reaches 165F. Rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Mid prep – pumpkin puree, spinach for salads, cut veg and strawberries, cooked chicken, cauliflower read to be riced.
Assembly – chicken cut and paired with pumpkin, greens alone for canned tuna, cauliflower riced and paired next to remaining cut chicken, bowls of roasted sweet potato and parsnips. Not pictured: sausage spiced ground turkey for the roasted veg.
Not really dinner party worthy, but practical and healthy enough. I’m going to be adding in some rice, quinoa, and oats over the next few weeks to help fuel my longer runs and see how I digest them with some encouraging thoughts.
I’m rambling. It’s definitely time to wrap the catch up, but I promised my wonderful friend M that I would share my best running mix. It’s full of fast, positive, workout-specific music that has kept me going the last two months. I have 3 more months to go, so send me your suggestions for other songs I should add!
In alphabetical order:
- Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
- Between Two Lungs – Florence + The Machine
- Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
- California Gurls – Katy Perry
- Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Collide (Afrojack Remix) – Leona Lewis/Avicii
- Cosmic Love - Florence + The Machine
- Dead Sea – The Lumineers
- Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine
- Drumming Song - Florence + The Machine
- Easy (Extended Remix) – Mat Zo & Porter Robinson
- The Edge of Glory – Lady GaGa
- Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
- Feel Again – OneRepublic
- Feel So Close (Radio Edit) – Calvin Harris
- Feel The Love – Rudimental & John Newman
- Firework – Katy Perry
- Flowers in Your Hair – The Lumineers
- Forever My Friend – Ray LaMontagne
- Free My Mind – Katie Herzig
- Girl With One Eye - Florence + The Machine
- Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips
- Heads Carolina, Tails California – Jo Dee Messina
- Ho Hey – The Lumineers
- Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
- Howl - Florence + The Machine
- I Love It – Icona Pop
- I’m Not Calling You a Liar - Florence + The Machine
- It’s Time (Kat Krazy Remix) – Imagine Dragons
- Last Friday Night – Katy Perry
- Lights (Fear of Tigers Remix) – Ellie Goulding
- Little Lovin’ – Lissie
- A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock
- Live It Up – Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull
- Next to Me – Emeli Sande
- The Other Side – Jason Derulo
- People Like Us – Kelly Clarkson
- Play Hard (Albert Neve Remix) – David Guetta
- Pursuit of Happiness – Lissie
- Put the Gun Down – ZZ Ward
- Rabbit Heart - Florence + The Machine
- Radioactive – Kings of Leon
- Safe and Sound – Capital Cities
- Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine
- Storm Warning – Hunter Hayes
- Submarines – The Lumineers
- Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
- Tonight I’m Getting Over You (Remix) – Carly Rae Jepsen
- Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
- We Found Love – Rihanna & Calvin Harris
- Wonder – Emeli Sande & Naughty Boy
- You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
- You’ve Got the Love - Florence + The Machine
Unless I have a secret audience interested in “Train Low, Race High” methodology, 30/30/40 macro splitting, crossfit and endurance, and how to carb load like a lion without sugar, I’ll probably say hello again in August!
Be well, buttercups.