The past 4 days I’ve been working like crazy for my assistantship (auditions and making orchestra folders) and at my new part time job (bookstore so we’ve got textbook mania going on right now). BUT I’m hoping as I settle into a schedule I can make my blogging more consistent.
I’ve been chipping away at my runs – most sitting in the 3-4 mile range as I readjust to 80 degree heat even at 6am and making sure my legs are healthy and ready for marathon training. Mileage buildup for pre-training prep starts again this week!
I’ve also been cranking out new recipes and I have two awesome ones to share.
First is a collection of smoothie recipes and tips on freezing them! I made 3 weeks worth – and while I LOVE the recipes and the concept – I don’t have quite the time once I get into the semester to blend one up every morning and make sure the blender is clean for the next day (you have to dry it fast or the fruit cakes on, even while soaking). I’ve been eating them with my muffin tin eggs but I may go back to something I can have fully cooked on Sunday and just grab and go every morning once I run out of all my smoothies. I love the smoothies because I control all the ingredients in them – I even eliminated the apple juice and water as my liquids and have just been using fresh pressed orange juice for all of them.
The second is one of my dinners for this week and I am possibly now obsessed with this dish. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad! My only changes were that I used a microwave steam bag of broccoli since I had it on had and I used just bottled buffalo sauce because it’s a personal favorite – I also may have added extra cabbage and carrots. I love all the veggies mixed into the salad, the protein, and I get all the taste of buffalo wings (a personal favorite) without the frying and creamy bleu cheese dressing! Plus it made enough for 5 meals for me easily. It also cooked up quick – I had everything ready to go in 30 minutes.
Not the prettiest but dang delicious
Time to get back to practicing!
Mileage – 3.3 miles, Nike+ Training “Sculpted Arms” workout
QOD – Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
My achilles were a little cranky after yesterday’s run and I ended up not being able to squeeze in the yoga I thought I would so I decided to make today a cross training day. Since the gym on campus isn’t open yet I busted out a new at home workout I found on Pintrest recently.
The workout was this great 12 minute workout from Kama Fitness!
I definitely got sweaty and I love workouts that hit my whole body. I finished 7 rounds just as the timer went off so I’m thinking about adding this in once a week to see if I can improve on that!
I followed that up with my favorite yoga for runner’s YouTube video to help out my legs.
If you want to check out my Pintrest Fitness board I’ve posted a ton of at-home body weight workouts that I like using on my off days when I can’t get to a gym.
Time to whip up lunches for the week and get some work done for school before a practice session!
Mileage – Full Body Fat Blaster Workout, Yoga for Runner’s
QOD – “When working out, length is not a substitute for intensity.”
I have recently fallen in love with sweet potatoes and when I saw this recipe I couldn’t resist. I figured I would whip it up before I get into the craziness of classes since it does take a little bit of time. I made a few changes to the listed recipe since I wanted to make 3 servings to eat later this week so I added at 3rd sweet potato and I used a whole bag of baby spinach. I didn’t salt during the cooking process since feta is such a salty cheese but I did put a dash of salt on before I ate it.
Overall, I loved the dish (good thing because it’s Wednesday and Friday’s dinner too haha!) and would definitely make it again – possibly on a larger scale!
Today I went on my first run back in Texas and I managed to get out before the clouds disappeared so it wasn’t as hot as it ended up being later today. I definitely need to get outside about 2 hours earlier I did today and drink a lot of water tonight to get my body ready.
Time to prep tomorrow’s meal – it marinates over night – and finish unpacking my clothes!
Mileage – 3.1 miles, yoga for runners
QOD – You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.
For the past 10 days I have been playing, performing, and working with the Dali String Quartet Chamber Camp and Festival! The camp is based outside of Philadelphia and is associated with ArCo Net, the Elite Strings Program, and of … Continue reading →
I AM ALIVE! Just crazy busy playing music all day long at the Dali String Quartet Chamber Festival – and still running! But currently I’m getting my mileage back up after a 5 day rest and a VERY light week.
My first run after getting back to the United States was 2 weeks ago today and I felt a very funny pull and slight twang of pain on the outside of my right calf/ankle. I tried to walk it off but I continued to feel the pull and finished my run early. Like most runners, I went home and hopped online and did my research to self-diagnose.
Side-point: I don’t see anything wrong with this kind of self-diagnosis. I do not diagnose an infection or serious medical condition, nor was this a repetitive injury that may require more attention; when that happens with my hips in particular I go see a physical therapist. But as an athlete who trains regularly I just wanted to identify the area of pain and make sure I took the correct steps towards healing and prevention.
After a lot of research I determined that I had the early signs of peroneal tendonitis, which is an inflammation of the peroneal tendon which run along the outside of the ankle and if left untreated can also impact the Achilles and cause more serious damage.
So I took 5 days off from running and began with a 1.75 mile run last Tuesday, followed by a 2.25 mile run on Friday. I took Sat-Sun-Mon off and went for a 3.1 mile run yesterday and a 4.5 mile run today. My plan for this week is to run my standard number of days just at a much lower mileage avoiding hills and always being aware of my ankle and calves.
Now I’m off to bed…before 10pm…because I have to run and get to the rehearsal site early tomorrow morning! Will most more on the camp and what the next few months look like soon!
Mileage – 4.5 miles
QOD – Injury taught me I need to learn how to face challenges.