I’m 2 months into training for my 2nd marathon – Whoooo – but I’m remembering all the things I forgot about the first time I trained. Certainly many things are different since my first marathon was actually the first race … Continue reading
Back in the spring one of my BFF’s Caitlin and I decided to take a trip to Puerto Rico in the fall. I saved a portion of cash from all my gigs last spring in a piggy bank to save up for the plane tickets (so it wouldn’t get mixed in with my Europe savings) and bought my ticket in August!
We only had 2.5 days together as Caitlin left early Sunday morning and my flight was late that afternoon, but we had an amazing time! We stayed in two different hotels in Candado in San Juan and really enjoyed that part of the city. We had beach access and were in walking distance of most things that we wants to do in the city!
On Thursday we checked into our hotel, showered, changed and went out to explore/eat. We walked from Candado to Old San Juan, which was a bit of a hike, and settled on the cheapest Puerto Rican restaurant we could find. The main meal was probably the worst of the trip but we were starving and the appetizer was really delicious. The first hotel was a little place, nothing special but a good price. After dinner we stopped at an Italian place for drinks, we loved it so much we went there the rest of the trip for after dinner drinks!
On Friday, after I went for a brutally hot run, we packed up and rented a car and drove out to El Yunque National Park for hiking, swimming in the waterfalls, and exploring the rainforest. It was about an hours drive and absolutely worth it!!! The views were gorgeous and we wish we could have spent more time there.
We drove home, showered and headed out for dinner closer to our hotel, we decided on a Latin restaurant. Our mojitos came and they were very weird and our least favorite drinks of the trip so we were very nervous we had made a terrible mistake. But the mofongo was AMAZING. It was absolutely delicious and we were relieved.
On Saturday we went to Old San Juan to shop around but lost of stores weren’t really open yet, which was disappointing. We had delicious mallorca sandwiches for breakfast and packed up at our hotel, and walked down the street to the La Concha resort. My dad had gotten us a night there with his Marriott points and it was an amazing hotel. I HIGHLY recommend it!
We sat out on the beach Saturday afternoon and then walked down to the lagoon and went stand up paddleboarding which was sooo much fun!
We had dinner at a fabulous Cuban restaurant and finished the night off with dessert and drinks at our favorite Italian place (di Parma’s).
Sunday morning Caitlin left and I ran on the treadmill and lifted some weights in the gym before an awesome breakfast and a last few hours on the beach.
It was fabulous and I already miss it!
Mileage – yoga, rest day
QOD – Relax.
Yesterday was the final performance of Baylor’s production of Into The Woods! I was playing in the pit, which made for a crazy two weeks since we had only 1 night off in the almost two week run (we had tech rehearsals the first few nights of week 1). It is an amazing show though and I had a blast playing Sondheim’s music! I’m pretty excited for the movie coming out in December! Anyone else?! Official Trailer in case you haven’t seen it!
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.
Time to get back to practicing!
Mileage – 3.3 miles, Nike+ Training “Sculpted Arms” workout
Great handstand prep that strengthens your core and gets you closer to a true handstand!
How to use yoga to help your tummy after overeating – never thought of this!
Another great workout from my favorite Pumps & Iron – Kettlebell Cardio Workout
No Equipment Arm Workout – I love body weight exercises!
Always on the floor for your ab workout? Here are some great Standing Ab Exercises.
There is an outdoor track near where I’m currently staying definitely going to try this Outdoor Track Workout!
As I’m gearing up for marathon training I definitely remember thinking some of these hilarious thoughts – HERE.
How to determine a marathon time from splits when a runner doesn’t finish…Interesting concept here at Runner’s World.
Mileage – YOGA!!!
QOD – Never hope for it more than you work for it!
Sorry for going MIA upon my return – I was working and spending lots of time with family and friends! I’m currently at my family’s happy place – Bethany Beach! But onto the post I previously promised…
The food in Paris and Italy. Yep, I miss it already. The funny thing about eating overseas is I can eat out daily (although I didn’t), never have any stomach problems, and eat all the foods that I love but rarely eat in the States – aka carbs, carbs, and more carbs.
A well picked restaurant means fresh ingredients and all the processed nonsense that messes with my body in the US just isn’t in the food – but even European processed food is usually cleaner than American. I didn’t eat out everyday because I honestly couldn’t afford that and a good portion of the trip there was no need!
In Paris we went out to one fancy dinner the first night and for a few days I lived off sandwiches from a bakery and fruit I bought at the store. I usually ate a hearty breakfast of yogurt, fruit, “granola bar” things, and fresh cheese. The last few days all my lunches and dinners were fruit, some cucumber, and sandwiches I made myself from a loaf of bread, world’s best goat cheese, and simple sausage I picked up in stores in St. Germain-de-pres.
I found these stores through an interview with Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) where she listed her favorite shops in her Paris neighborhood! I’m not joking, the cheese was seriously the best goat cheese I’ve ever eaten and despite it’s cost I would go buy it again in a heartbeat and it lasted for 6 or 7 meals!
In Assisi we were provided a huge breakfast spread every morning by our hotel. I usually ate eggs, fruit, and granola in pineapple yogurt (no really it’s delicious) or a croissant with hazelnut spread. The croissants were baked during the night and we could always smell them when we came in for the night!
For lunch I bought peanut butter, bread, and fruit, and would snag something snacky from breakfast and that lasted me about 10 days. When that ran out I would go to the local market and get an amazing sandwich with fresh sliced meat and cheese for less than 3€!
Our dinners were really something. We had many courses with bread always on the table to start. Then antipasto, a soup and pasta OR two pastas, then a meat, cooked vegetable, raw vegetable, then a small digestif salad before dessert. The desserts were usually something you can serve a large amount of people quickly so we would of course have gelato after the last concert. The antipasto, pasta, and soups were usually my favorite dishes. I also LOVED the raw tomatoes – which normally I don’t like – and amazingly fresh watermelon we were frequently served.
I saved my real pizza eating for Rome because the pizza in Assisi was more American style with a thick crust. I love truly thin crispy crust and pizza Diavola, with spicy salami and cheese, is my absolute favorite. I ate at least 5 pizza diavolas during my 7 days in Rome and tried a few other pizzas as well. I also got pasta and sandwiches.
One odd thing I noticed now that I was paying for my own meals in Paris and Italy is how insanely expensive salads usually are! I mostly ate carbs and protein because a salad menu could start at 15€! I definitely will be enjoying lots of greenery over the next few days because I’ve missed my leafy greens.
If you can buy, store, and make your own sandwiches, meals, etc with fresh local ingredients while traveling in Europe I highly recommend it! It’s not only cheaper but you’re eating like the locals rather than possibly getting trapped at a touristy restaurant.
Sorry, but not really, I just rambled about my eating for the past month – but for me it was way out of the norm, delicious, and something I wanted to share!
Post coming soon about some running updates!
Mileage – probably a gym day, not sure yet!
QOD – Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.
Today I went on my first run in Rome! I remembered Rome’s drivers being a little crazy from my first trip here, but after my reminder last night when we arrived I was actually a little nervous about running.
I did a little research before I ran out and it took me no time to figure my current hotel is near one of the best running parks in all of Rome – the best part is that it is mostly car free! Villa Borghese, the zoo, and several other parks are all linked by roads and trails and make for a great spot while I’m in this section of Rome!!! There were plenty of other runners out and about plus tons of dogs and owners playing!
I did not wake up early enough but I needed the sleep! It was already a warm 75 when I got outside, but it’s a fairly dry heat compared to what I’m used to. I wore my water cloth around my neck and did just fine! I guess it’s good practice for my return to Texas!
Mileage – 4miles, workout challenge
QOD – Just keep swimming.
Today is my last day in Assisi before I make my way to Roma!!! I’m sad to be leaving such a beautiful town with some of the kindest people – we’ve met many shop owners, restaurant employees, and religious men/women who are generous, welcoming, friendly, and helpful.
The weather hasn’t been the kindest to us the past few days but I’ve kept on running around the city and added a path outside the city towards the surrounding neighborhoods. Today the fog was crazy and yesterday was my day off.
But on Sunday I got rained on and when the rain was coming down hardest an elderly Italian gentleman stumbled upon me and offered to share his umbrella. I accepted and then went on my way when the rain lightened up. It was actually really therapeutic to run through the mountains with the light rain coming down.
Yesterday we went to the gorgeous Lake Trasimeno and took the ferry to the Islo Maggiore, where we wandered the beach, had some delicious pizza, and ate gelato on a pier before a storm came and rained out the rest of the afternoon.
Tonight I’m page turning for the pianist during the final opera performance and then my group of friends is celebrating the end of the festival!
While I’m sad to be leaving I definitely plan on doing the festival again and I’m so looking forward to Rome!!!
Mileage – 5 miles, workout challenge
QOD – Run in the rain.
Lack of internet means late posting! The adventures of traveling!
How does your body change when you do yoga? Check it out!
SarahFit brings you more great workout moves for the bikini body crazy!
Mileage – Running rest day, Yoga for Runners (so happy I have working YouTube because these hills are killer) and workout challenge
QOD – Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.
I was so excited to find a fellow hiker in Assisi willing to go on a 14km hike over Mount Subasio to the town of Spello.
Monday morning we went and grabbed some wine and fruit to put in our backpacks along with our lunches and set out a little before 9am. It was very hot in the sun and the initial portion of the hike was along a switchback road up the mountain to a hermitage.
We stopped and visited the hermitage, where St. Francis used to go to pray, and then continued on the road until we found the trail head. The initial trails were not difficult to follow, but roughly halfway through the hike the markers stopped carrying numbers plus the directions and map became vague and unclear.
We did have to back track at one point but we found our way and stopped at a rock to scramble up for some amazing views and lunch.
We continued through the woods with a ton of spider webs at my face height, and then made our way down the mountain when we thought we met the right trail.
Unfortunately we hadn’t found the right one and came down about 3km too early and had to continue hiking on a road running parallel to the highway. After several no door answers at homemade olive oil signs we finally stumbled upon a vineyard where we tasted wine and olive oil! Then continued our trek to historic Spello. We reached the city walls around 5pm.
We had just enough time to see the gorgeous San Maria de Maggiore church as well as another smaller church. We saw the Roman Forum remains, wandered the streets for a bit stopping at a wine shop, then we got gelato and waited for the train back to Assisi.
Was it fun? Definitely. Do I recommend that hike? Not unless you are experienced with the area, have a good guide, or speak enough Italian to ask for help when you stumble across someone (which was never on the trails and rarely on the road).
In the end we hiked closer to 11miles than 8ish miles and we were both sore the next day but I’m so glad I got to explore some of the mountain and surrounding towns on foot beyond just runs around Assisi.
Mileage – 2.25miles, workout challenge
QOD – There’s no such thing as bad weather, just weak people.