Archive | July, 2013

Race Recap!

12 Jul

Hello all!

Happy Friday! I am so looking forward to the weekend, what do you have on deck?

Last night was the 3rd of the Thursday Night Race Menu Summer Series along the Charles in Boston.  There are 6 total races starting in May through the end of September. It is really great because you run the same course each time, so you can really track your progress.  They have great freebies and a fun after party sponsored by a different brewery each time at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square.  The next race is August 8th-sign up if you are looking for a fun low key 5K!

J and I made it to all 3 so far-and had a blast at them all. Last night, J improved his time by 2 minutes, HUGE in a 5k!  I was the first female overall woo hoo 🙂  I ran 19:24, a bit slower than last time but I was fine with it considering the Crossfit workout the day before involved thrusters (hamstrings and quad’s burning!).  I won a box of Kind bars in Almond, Walnut, Macadamia, +protein. I tried one last night, and they are pretty good! I also got a free sample of the new Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt bar which I am dying to try post workout today!  I’ll let you know how it is.

In other news, Casey went swimming for the first time this week! We took her to Rexhame beach in Marshfield and then to Bare Cove Park in Hingham. She was a little afraid of the waves at Rexhame, but braved it once we went in.  She LOVED Bare Cove Park-there were no waves and lots of other dogs around.

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This week I have been really into finding new races to do. Three of my girlfriends and I are signing up for a marathon relay in the Fall. Registration for the Big Sur Marathon begin Monday…and I am seriously considering signing up!  I need some motivation, and the most beautiful marathon in the US might just be the ticket!

Are you running any races this summer? What keeps you motivated?

4th and Weekend Recap!

9 Jul

What a busy weekend! I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th, I had a blast and can’t wait to tell you all about it!

I started the 4th off with a “red, white and blue-ish” smoothie,  it was delicious.  I used a mini-blender and made the white layer first, red layer second and blue layer last. That way, I only needed to rinse out the blender instead of carefully cleaning it each time. I made a white layer with homemade cashew milk, canned lite coconut milk and a little ice. I then blended some frozen raspberries and cashew milk for the red layer. Finally, I mixed up some frozen blueberries, cashew milk and spinach for the blue layer. It was a great refreshing way to start up the day!

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I headed out to a special July 4th Crossfit class with a Paleo Potluck after.  I made a delicious watermelon cucumber salad from PaleOMG-and it was a big hit. I used balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar, and it still tasted great.

After an intense workout, I chowed down and headed home.  Lucky for me, my husband J’s friend has an apartment directly across from the fireworks barge in Cambridge. We headed there to watch the fireworks over the Charles, they were incredible! Did anyone catch the red lanterns? Such a cool addition this year!

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On Friday, we were off to Maine for a wedding.  We stopped at Red Hook Brewery on the way up with some friends-it was fun! We checked into the hotel and headed to the wedding. It was a blast, the bride looked beautiful, the food was great and there was plenty of dancing!

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On Saturday, I woke up and got in a quick run.  I used the hotel gym to do some body weight work.  I was hoping the gym would have some free weights, but it did not so I used what I could!

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On the way home on Saturday, we stopped in Newburyport for some beach and eats with friends. It was so hot that jumping in the water didn’t seem so bad!

What’s on deck this week?

Now, I am trying to get back into a normal work/workout schedule. J and I have a 5K on Thursday, so that will be a nice automatic speed workout.  He and I will be doing 3 X 1 mile repeats on the track today. We have a race at the end of the month that he is hoping to run quickly, so I am helping to pace him in a workout today. Blog-wise this week you can look forward to…

-The 3rd part of the “Exercising on the Cheap” series

-Race Recap from Thursday’s 5K

-Make it Fast Friday and What’s New Weekends will return

Did you have a nice 4th? How do you exercise when you are on vacation? What do you want to see on this blog this week?

4th of July

3 Jul

Hello!

Happy almost 4th of July! I am getting ready for all of the 4th festivities, and wanted to share a couple [healthy-ish] Red, White and Blue snacks that I will be bringing to parties.

Let’s talk dessert first! I saw these cute cupcakes from Shaken Together and wanted to make a somewhat healthier version of the dessert.

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I really like to hide vegetables in other dishes-you get your veggies in and you barely notice the taste!  I used beets to make a red velvet cupcake, and honestly you cannot taste the beets.  Beets just make the cupcakes super moist! For the cupcake, I modified a recipe from Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind.  I made up the frosting on my own since I wanted something light and sweet.  Add a blueberry on top and you have red, white and blue!

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Red Velvet and Vanilla Frosting “Red White and Blue” cupcakes:

For the Cupcakes (recipe modified from Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind) :

3 Eggs
6 medium sized cooked beets (I used one package of the Trader Joe’s cooked beets)
1/2 cup of vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
1/2 cup of Coconut Butter (I simply ground up unsweetened coconut flakes in a food processor, and you get coconut “butter”)
1 cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (**warning-if you want really “red” cupcakes, I would use less than that. My cupcakes came out a dark brown/red)
1/2 cup of Raw Honey and 1/4 cup of Agave
3/4 cup of Almond Flour
3/4 cup of Coconut Flour
1/2 cup of Canned Coconut Milk (I used the lite version and it worked fine)
1/2 cup of Unsweetened Apple Sauce
2 Tbs. of Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tsp. of Baking Powder
1 tsp. of Baking Soda
Pinch of salt

1. Put beets in a food processor and let it run until they are pureed. Combine other wet ingredients into the processor as well until everything is mixed together. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix together.

2. Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners (I would not recommend spraying the cupcake tin and not using liners. These are heavy cupcakes and somewhat difficult to get out of the tin without liners)

3. Fill the liners with batter. Feel free to fill them fairly high since the cupcakes do not rise too much.

4. Cook for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F or until a toothpick comes out clean.

For the icing:

1/2 cup vegan butter
1/3 cup of coconut milk (I used lite but full fat should work as well)
1/8 cup of raw honey
1/8 cup of agave
2 tablespoons of coconut butter (see above)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons coconut flour
pinch sea salt

1. Put all ingredients in a food processor and mix until fluffy. Feel free to use less of the honey/agave if you do not like things sweet.

On to the appetizer!

So this might be more of a “Red, White and Purple” recipe…but it was as close as I could get 🙂  I used purple potatoes and paired them with beet hummus and regular hummus for a fun and healthy appetizer. Check out the health benefits of purple potatoes here.  As you can tell by these two recipes, I am loving beets right now.

Recipe for the Purple Potato Chips:

Purple potatoes (as many as you need given your party size)
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper

1. I sliced mine very thin, feel free to make them a little thicker/thinner based on your preferences.

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2. Soak the slices in water for 15 minutes.

3. Dry the slices well-either leave them out on a paper towel for some time or dry them by hand with a paper towel.

4. Put some olive oil/salt/pepper to your taste in a bowl. Place slices in the bowl and coat them in the olive oil.

5. Bake on a cookie sheet in the oven at 425 degrees F for about 12-15 minutes. Keep on eye on these, some may cook more quickly than others.

Beet Hummus Recipe:

1 package of Honey Ginger “Love Beets“-any variety of cooked beets works, I just happen to like these. There are about 9 beets/package

1 can of cooked chickpeas
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of Tahini (I used a bit more than this because I LOVE tahini)
Salt and Pepper to your taste
Juice from 1 lemon (don’t over squeeze here, you just want a little bit of lemon juice)

1. Mix everything in a food processor until smooth

I then mixed in a bit of normal hummus to get my “white” and enjoyed with the potato chips!

SAM_0671 What are you doing for the 4th? What treats are you bringing to parties?

Happy Monday!

1 Jul

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I have been addicted to reading health blogs lately, and love looking at how others plan their week ahead (Carrots ‘N’ Cake and Jen’s Best Life post weekly meal plans and exercise goals). So, I’ve decided to lay out my weekly exercise plan on Mondays to hold myself accountable.

Weekly workouts:

Monday: Pure Barre

Tuesday: Crossfit + 4 mile run with a friend

Wednesday: Crossfit

Thursday: Track Workout (did you catch my AMRAP 20 workout from last week? Try it out with me on Thursday and post your results to the blog!)

Friday: Crossfit

Saturday: Off

Sunday: Crossfit + Easy 3 mile run with friends

I love starting the week off with a Barre class-it is challenging but eases me into the week since it is less jarring for me than Crossfit or a difficult run.  I’m hoping to rope in a friend for the Track Workout on Thursday.  I have a 5K next week and really need to get some speed into my routine!  I wouldn’t normally plan a double workout on a Sunday, but I’m going to a wedding this weekend for a High School friend and can’t resist the chance to catch up with friends on a nice run.  Let’s hope I can stick to the plan!

This summer we have 7 weddings to attend and my husband works every other weekend so we have quite literally one weekend to ourselves. Apart from the Thursday night summer races we do, I won’t have many opportunities to race this summer.  That being said, I am looking ahead to the Fall for something competitive. I have been happy training without a real goal (other than to be fit) for a little while now, but am looking ahead for something specific.  I’m thinking a half marathon, Rookie Crossfit competition, or maybe some sort of obstacle race.

What are you training for? What events should I give a try? Do you rope in friends for your workouts?

050After last year’s Harborthon 5K