Quinoa… it’s not just for dinner any more!
When I make quinoa, I typically make four servings at once. If I don’t eat it all within a few days, it gets a really funky taste and smell. Yes, I still eat it. I don’t waste any food! Yesterday, though, I only made two servings, and decided to use the second serving for my breakfast. I reheated it in the microwave with half a chopped apple and topped it with peanut flour butter and maple syrup. I’m trying to save the rest of the cashew butter for my mom, although if she doesn’t eat it soon, I can’t be held responsible for what I’ll do to it 🙂
For lunch, I sauteed egg whites with spinach and black beans and stuffed it inside half a kabocha. It kind of looked like vomit, so I didn’t take a picture. It sure tasted good, though! For once in my life, I couldn’t finish the squash. I only ate about half of it and saved the rest for tomorrow. I’m never too full for pumpkin yogurt, though! For a snack, I had more Fiber One with pumpkin soy milk. It’s full of sugar, but it comes only once a year 🙂
I convinced my dad to go to Costco with me before dinner. I was out of pretty much everything! I’d like to think of these trips as a father-daughter bonding experience. He pushes the cart around and tries to convince me I don’t need four jars of applesauce while I try to distract him from the fact that I’m buying several pounds of cheese.
Speaking of cheese…
I haven’t had feta ALL YEAR! Can you believe it?! I thought I had hummus at home so I didn’t get any at Costco, but my mom said she tossed it because it went bad. Remember what I said about not wasting food? FAIL! I threw on some dried cranberries and spinach for good measure.
Another thing I’ve been seriously lacking is fruit! I bought bananas, apples, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, and cherries. I’ve had the damnedest craving for cherries for WEEKS. My craving was satiated tonight 🙂
After work this morning, I headed upstairs to the treadmill. That’s one thing about working in a gym- you can never say you don’t want to go because you don’t feel like driving! I wanted to do some speedwork to work on one of my New Year’s goals.
I mentioned that I hurt my hip and the back of my calf after my run on New Year’s Day, and I thought the pain had subsided today. The pain in my hip is gone, but the pain in the back of my leg is still there. I probably shouldn’t have run, but the faster I ran, the less I could feel it!
Confession- I am totally clueless about speedwork. I don’t do it… ever. One of my goals this year is to PR in a race, and it ain’t going to happen unless I put the effort in. I’ve been reading the archives of Caitlin‘s blog, and she mentions a few speed workouts. It wasn’t until after I left the gym I realized I could have pulled them up on my phone and followed them. Whoops!
Instead, I did the following sets:
- 5 minutes on the elliptical
- 5 minutes on the treadmill- starting at 6.5 mph and working my way up every minute until I hit 6.9 mph
- 5 minutes on the elliptical
- 5 minutes on the treadmill- starting at 7.0 mph and working up way up until I hit 7.4 mph
I alternated these sets until I hit an hour altogether. Yes, I have severe workout ADD and I don’t like to stay more than five minutes at a time on any machine. The longest I’ve ever run on a treadmill was an hour and I thought I was going to hang myself of boredom. Doing only five minutes at a time makes it go by faster!
This is kind of what my face looks like when I run fast. I look positively homicidal, and I’m sure I scared everyone around me 🙂
Even though my leg started bothering me towards the end, I was proud of finishing! I’m going to research some more speed workouts to do when my leg is feeling better. As you can see, my workout is highly specific and scientific 🙂
I was telling my dad that I really want to run a sub-2 hour half marathon. (Whoa, I almost just typed ‘marathon.’ Can you imagine anyone running that in under 2 hours? Physically impossible!) My 11 mile run was done in a 10:19 pace, which I’m happy with, considering I’ve taken so much time off running. To run a half marathon in under 2 hours, my pace will have to be 9:09 at the slowest! YIKES! Hopefully I can stay on top of speedwork and make this happen.
Do you do speedwork at all? How do you improve your pace on runs? Any and all tips are welcome!