Monday, November 24, 2014

Running: You are what you eat

Like most runners, I am all about the food.  

I am trying to get back to my healthy veg ways. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen whipping up adventurous meals. But now as a busy adult with a full-time job, I have been slacking on the creativity front. I feel like I am eating the same meals day in and day out.

Finding out that I was low on iron was a big wake up call for me. Sure I eat healthy but there is some definite room for improvement. I have never been one of those vegetarians who buys that processed fake meat shit. I love fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Real food. 

Food is healing and I am on the road to recovery. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. So bare with me as I write a post now and then about what dish I made this week or what I ate. 

A friend stopped in last week and I promised to feed her. I looked around my kitchen and realized I didn't have much. So I put together a randon DIY veg salad buffet. It was a hit. All my Facebook friends and Twitter followers with my colourful and healthy vegetarian buffet. Everybody loves food pictures! 

My DIY buffet included all the randoms from my pantry and fridge – seaweed, miso soup, chickpeas, pickles, sprouts, corn, apples and some nuts and seeds. I had leftovers for lunch the next day too. I forgot how much I love preparing meals for guests. It really is fun playing in the kitchen.

It helps that I bought a dehydrator a few weeks ago. I just want to make everything! It's been super fun experimenting. I found a simple raw cracker recipe from The Rawtarian. My crackers were perfectly edible. (All crackers should strive for this feat). I used ground flaxseeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. I forgot to add spice but they turned out great. I didn't dehydrate as long as suggested because I like my crackers a little chewy.

And I made these awesome vegan "cheese" kale chips. Loved this recipe from Our Little Green Dot. Again it was simple and easy to make. The "cheese" sauce was tasty. Cashews are so good for you! (Did you know they are actually considered seeds not nuts?) No doubt I will be making the sauce again to try with other recipes.

I am still getting the hang of using my dehydrator so I will be doing a lot of research online for tips and tricks. There's so much you can make and do with a dehydrator. I wish I had bought one sooner. 

How has your diet changed over the years? Have you ever been in a food slump? 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

This week in Crossfit

I don't want to suck at crossfit. Seriously I don't but some days I feel like I haven't made any gains since January. Sigh. It's all on me. I haven't been very consistent for months.

It's not like I have been holed up in my place drinking wine and eating Fritos. I've been focused on running because afterall I am a runner who dabbles in crossfit. But that doesn't mean I am going to simply "show up." I want to work hard and become stronger. 

Now that it's winter I am going to shift my focus to the gym. It is silly to think about any serious speed work in the winter. Strength will be my focus over the next few months. This week I got my butt to the box four times. It wasn't easy but it all came together in the end. I went on Saturday morning which was a first for me. It was a nice change. Usually it's a team or partner WOD which was the case this morning. I was happy that Kelly was there to be on my team. It was a fun WOD.

I had a solid week of WODs. My right shoulder/arm is getting stronger every day. I can now move weight above my head. Yay for me! Really the biggest challenge with crossfit is showing up. Truth be told, I had to dig deep to get my lazy butt out of bed. WODing at 6:15 a.m. takes some strong willpower. 

Ready to rock another week of WODs!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pondering my 2015 Race Calendar

It's that time again when I start thinking about the races I want to do next year. I have narrowed it down to a few big ones. Last year I didn't make a schedule but next year I want to be more focused and organized.

I'm a visual person so I charted out a few races on my Motivation Wall. (Sorry for my messy handwriting. Glad it is erasable! No doubt there will be some changes along the road because of work and life. But I think there's no time like the present to start thinking about new goals.

Here's a rundown of the races I would love to run in 2015:


Blackfoot was my first 50K in 2012. It was awesome to finish but I was not happy with my performance in the second half so I would like to have a do-over. 

I heard this is a fantastic race. I really want to run an ultra next year in the States. Ellen, whom I met through the Lost Souls group, is willing to share a ride/accommodations if we get into the race. It's very popular and fills up fast. 

No I am not doing this solo. Silly. A few people asked me to be on their team. I would love to be part of a team but it's also very hard to get into this race. 

I heard this was super challenging and fun. I like a good challenge. What's another 6k? (My longest distance is 54K). 

I need a definite do-over with this damn race. You will all remember how I was sick and didn't fuel properly blah blah blah. I think if I am smart and well trained I can shave 2 hours off my time. This will be my A race for 2015. Then I will be done with those damn coulees!

Fun race alert! I think this would be a fun marathon. I ran the half-marathon a couple years ago. Loved it. Laura runs it nearly every year. 

And that's what I have so far. Of course I would also love to do more shorter trail runs like the 5 Peaks Series or Rundle's Revenge. So many runs, so little time.  But one thing is for sure, I have to get my butt in gear and start training. I need to find a 50K training plan pronto. 

What's on your radar for 2015? Do you use a motivation wall or board of sorts for inspiration?