A possible blog hiatus….

This semester is probably the most brutal of my entire college career and as much as I’ve wanted to post, my writing time is devoted to applications and my thesis. I’ve still been cooking, running, and working out but rather than posting 3-4 times a week I’m making a goal to post just 1x a week.

Hopefully as things settle down and drop off my to-do list I can return to my blog! Even as I’m writing this I’m sitting in the Baylor Theatre pit on a break before a tech rehearsal for Into the Woods.

Tech time – talk to you guys sooner rather than later hopefully!

Mileage – 6 miles

QOD – Into the woods….

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Delicious and Simple!

This week’s meals have been really simple and I actually made only 1 meal for dinner! But I’m here today to share my breakfasts and lunch for the week! 

Now that I have eaten all of my smoothies I had to find a new breakfast that is much more grab and go. This week and next week’s breakfast are getting me in the mood for fall – Pumpkin Oat’n’Honey Muffins! I of course added raisins but I whipped it up a notch with chocolate covered raisins! 

My lunch for the week is still a soup but this was not from Weight Watchers, it’s a Pintrest recipe that grabbed my attention –Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup

My workout on Wednesday’s is riding the bike at the gym and upper body strength training. Tuesdays are a longer run day and Thursdays are time and tempo dominated rather than exact mileage so I like the chance to be in the gym on Wednesdays and Sundays! It also gives me the opportunity to study and read my materials for my thesis WHILE working out! 

Mileage – Bike, upper body strength training 

QOD – “Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.”

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Marathon Madness

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And so it begins. Training for Marathon #2. I’m finally physically and mentally ready to go 26.2 again. Plus I really need to get started on the fulls if I want to run 10 half and 5 full marathons before my 30th birthday! I love half marathons so much I’ll probably be closer to 12 or 15. But the full…that’s a totally different story. 

Why now? I think now is a great time, even though I’m incredibly busy – just like when I trained for my first one. Training while I’m busy ensures that I will actually workout and make time for myself, which means I won’t go insane. Running and working out makes a huge impact on my mental health. I also have another idea about this race, but that will be kept under wraps until all the details are complete. 

I’m trying a new method of training for this race with only 3 days of running longer distances, with 2 days of cross training (one of them being long and intense), and 2 days of rest where I’ll be incorporating yoga. I’m hoping the increased cross training and space between runs will help prevent injuries. I’m also hoping it will curb my hunger pangs because I will be running less time. 

School has been insane, but hopefully the marathon will keep me inspired to post more frequently!  

Mileage – 5 miles 

QOD – You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.

 

Sunday Grubday!!!

LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!! I have to say I love starting the school year with my first weekend being a 3 day weekend – helps me to ease myself back into school. 

Also allows some more time for cooking! 

This week’s dinner recipes are: 

One Pouch Feast with peppers, sausage, and potatoes!

Eggplant Pizza – top it however you like it!!  

I’m also mixing things up this week and having hard boiled eggs rather than baked eggs this week – woah big changes guys! 

Here are some fun foodie motivational posters: 

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Upcoming post on my marathon training!! 

Mileage – Crosstraining 

QOD – There’s a friendly tie of some sort between music and eating.

At Home Workouts

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!
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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! 

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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.”

Monday Grubday! New Recipe!

HOWDY from Texas y’all! I’m back at school and no I don’t talk that way – but I do say y’all…

Today I am bringing you a new recipe from Swiss Paleo for Sweet Potato Chicken Casserole.

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.
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Peroneal Tendonitis Struggles.

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.
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Bonjour from Paris!

Today was my first full day in Paris! Yesterday I arrived in Paris around 10:15am and met up with some of my friends from Texas. After a nap we went out for an amazing seafood meal and a birthday dessert (2 weeks early haha) for my awesome host!

Today I had a bass lesson (in case you forgot this blog is called racingBASSIST) with one of the greatest bassists and pedagogues in the world. It was an amazing lesson and I’m hoping to work with him more in the future….

Then I wandered Montmartre, GOT A NUTELLA CREPE , went to the Musée de Montmartre, and visited a beautiful church I had never been to before. Trekking the hills and stairs up to Sacre Coeur and the museum was a great warm up today for my run!

Tonight was my first run in Paris and I enjoyed the relatively cool and dry air! I ran around the suburbs where I am staying, kinda running a series of out and backs on longer streets before heading back, since I really only know how to get around parts of Paris “proper” you could say haha. Then I did tonight’s quick vacation workout!

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day, more music, seeing new places, and delicious food!

Mileage – 3.5miles, Vacation Workout

QOD – Paris is always a good idea – Audrey Hepburn

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I’m HOME!

I am home! Sortof… Currently I’m at Bethany Beach at my family’s place but that’s essentially a second home for us! I will really be home tomorrow. I was reunited with my adorable puppy who I haven’t seen in 4.5 months! 

Sorry for the lack of Sunday Grubday, my dad and I were driving 12 hours from Atlanta, Georgia to Bethany Beach, Delaware! Plus I honestly haven’t planned any meals since we’ve just been snacking on fruit, yogurt, and mini chicken salad sandwiches on the beach today and my dad is grilling for dinner tonight. 

This is just a quick check in – I’m off to enjoy a cocktail or 2 on the deck with my family! 

I did go on a warm run this morning up to downtown Bethany and the public beach this morning – it felt great after being in the car so long these past 2 days!

I hope everyone in the States is enjoying their Memorial Day and remembering those who gave their lives for the safety and liberties of our nation! 

Mileage – 5k 

QOD – Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion. 

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