My 3rd Hot Chocolate 15k is officially in the books!
Before I start this recap I have to give a HUGE shout out to the race organizers and volunteers. I was blown away how organized this entire event was from start to finish.
There were no bathroom lines, parking was a breeze, corrals were actually enforced and there was hydration every mile or so on the course. AWESOME job Hot Chocolate run!!!
Anyway let’s start this recap out reviewing my goals for this race. My main goal was to finish (obviously) but also to use this as a practice run to get back into racing groove after 7+ months off. Well, spoiler alter…I ended up PR-ing on the course and am very confident that I can do the La Jolla half in a few weeks!
BUT the day didn’t quite start out as perfectly as it ended…
Spring has sprung!!
Yep, March 20th was officially the first day of Spring which means we have a whole new crop of produce coming into season.
When I think of Spring produce I immediately think of asparagus and strawberries. Every year for Easter I swear the highlight of the meal for me is that perfect, skinny, flavorful asparagus that you just don’t see any other time of year. Oh and strawberries…mmmmm. There really is nothing better than a fresh juicy strawberry on a cheesecake or with some whip cream.
Sorry this post is a day late but I was just too dead from my trip to San Francisco to write anything yesterday.
Speaking of my trip…it was AMAZING! We flew in early Friday morning and immediately headed to Blackwood for brunch and bottomless mimosas. If any of you ever go to San Francisco you HAVE TO try Blackwood’s “Millionaire’s Bacon”…it will change your life. The rest of the day was spent sipping on drinks and soaking up some sunshine.
On Saturday we headed up to Napa which is about an hour outside of the city for some wine tasting. To say we went all out for this wine tasting would be an understatement. We rented a limo, stayed at an AirBnB, got all dressed up and made it to 4 wineries! Our day ended with us climbing the Napa sign for a picture so I’ll let you all just use your imagination how the day went HA!
I never leave my house without snacks and water.
You just never know what is going to happen and if I don’t have food with me well…let’s just say I turn into a monster.
So as I gear up for my trip for San Francisco this weekend I wanted to share with you all the snacks I always have with me and DEFINITELY have with me when I travel since I really can’t think of anything worse than getting hungry on a flight and being forced to eat that tiny, nasty, salty pack of nuts or if your flight gets delayed and there are no healthy food options.
I woke up at 3:00 am yesterday (which for the record felt with 2:00 am with the time change) to drive up to LA to work the Hangar Half Marathon. When I arrived my caffeine hadn’t hit me, it was freezing and completely dark outside…needless to say I was a little bit grumpy.
Before the runners headed to the start line a few stopped by my booth to grab some samples and an older man came up and asked me if I was going to be running. Without even thinking I made a sarcastic comment and said “No way. I’m so happy I don’t HAVE to run this morning. Waking up this early to work was hard enough”. I expected him to laugh or walk away but his response totally blew me away. He said, “You never HAVE to run. You should always be thankful you get to run”.
I’m just going to start out being very honest here…indoor cycling was never at the top of my list of workouts I wanted to try.
I always just associated cycling with those people you see at the gym chilling on the bikes reading a book sipping on a Starbucks frappuccino…you know the people I’m talking about HA!
So when my work scheduled a team building event at Rush Cycle I was very intrigued to find out if cycling would actually be a good workout or not. Plus what better opportunity to try something new than with a bunch of my coworkers who also had never cycled before?
Is there anything better than a big bowl of hot pasta smothered in sauce and topped with cheese?
Pasta is one of my favorite things to eat and use to be something I’d limit myself to enjoying only once or twice per week since well…traditional pasta is basically just empty calories.
For the past few years I attempted to get my “pasta” fix by spiralizing zucchini into ‘zoodles’ or from spaghetti squash but let’s be really honest here…YES those are delicious pasta alternatives that are packed with nutrients but they simply don’t replace eating pasta. Secretly with every bite of ‘squash pasta’ I desperately was hoping someone out there would create a healthy pasta.
Well my dreams have officially become a reality.
Food was a common theme on my blog last week. Specifically why I’m being extra cautious to not deprive my body of proper nutrients during this half marathon training cycle, why healthy fats are so important (especially for athletes) and then shared some of my favorite food items.
As I reflected on this past week I thought it would be informative to share what I eat on a typical day that I’m doing a long training run. On these days I definitely make an extra effort to eat clean, hydrate and really just properly prepare my body for a long ass run!
So here’s a breakdown of every single thing I ate last Friday before my 9 mile run.
I’m currently writing this post DROOLING watching the Top Chef finale on Bravo.
How on earth do these people think of such incredible dishes? I can hardly think about what I want to eat for dinner.
Anyway…it’s been awhile since I’ve done a Friday Favorites post and this one is going to be a little bit random but whatever. I promise for the next round I’m going to have some really good stuff to tell you all about. I’m already obsessing over Trader Joe’s new red lentil pasta and everything bagel seasoning- SO GOOD!
Enjoy and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
I mentioned on Monday that I have 3 half marathons coming up: La Jolla Half, Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego and then SeaWheeze. My goal for these races is going to be to achieve a PR of 1:45:00 or less so a pretty intense training schedule is going to be necessary.
With an increase in training intensity also comes necessary adjustments in my diet. I learned some VERY valuable lessons training for my marathon last year and am still dealing with the consequences of over training and denying my body necessary nutrients.
For this next training cycle I’m going to make a point to honor my body and really pay attention if I’m feeling weak, extra sore, unmotivated, pains..etc. If that happens I’m not going to feel bad taking a rest day (or two). As for food not consuming enough healthy fats was a major issue that lead to my hormones getting completely thrown off. I’ve been to many doctors appointments and have done a lot of reading on my own on the importance of healthy fats for athletes and it really inspired me to write this post.