What’s New?

Hello! First I’m going to cover our final day briefly and then talk about some life updates.

We started the morning with the continental breakfast again, and then I headed out to run. I technically had 6 miles on the schedule, but had trouble finding a trail so I decided to settle for 5. But then the trail ended earlier than expected and it ended up being 4.5. I’m realizing I’m not taking this training cycle or race too seriously so I’m ok with it. We found a bike path that went near the square and through vineyards.

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Then, we went to Cornerstone Gardens for lunch.

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Asian chicken salad with mango for me. For dessert, my family split a balsamic strawberry parfait and a strawberry torta, which was warm cake with strawberries baked in the center.

Then, we walked around the gardens a bit.

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This picture shows a really cool display-a wishing tree. People write wishes on sparkly tape and tie it to the tree.

After the gardens, we returned home.

Ok-onto the life news. After being sick a fair amount last quarter, I thought I was better, or at least mostly so. However, I had another incident of the really sick feeling Monday night. I was planning on going to Crossfit, but halfway there I turned around and decided I wasn’t up to it, which I was extremely bummed about. If I had to guess, rich cake combined with my long run set it off. I spent the next few days feeling yucky on and off. It’s partly why I shorted my runs. It’s not a consistent sick feeling, but it’s kind of unpredictable. I feel pretty good right now, and I’m REALLY hoping I’ll be ok to do 15.5 tonight, but I really won’t know until tonight. After a rough evening Wednesday, I decided I should return to the doctor. He thinks it may be diet related, so I get to go on an elimination diet to try and identify a common trigger. The three things to cut out are dairy, gluten, and nuts, and I’ll add them back in a week at a time (minus nuts because of my allergy). As a result, things may look a little different around here for a while. I’ve been mostly avoiding dairy although definitely not completely lately, and I need to be more careful with nuts, including coconut which I have a mild allergy to but usually don’t avoid. So I’ll keep you guys updated on that and hope something works so that I can be back to 100% soon!

A foot update-today I visited my dad’s physical therapist so that he could check out my foot (plantar fasciitis). He thinks I shouldn’t run so much, and I’m considering cutting back for a while. I know I want to do the Giant’s Race in August, but I would consider doing the 10k instead of the half and focusing on other things instead-more on that in a second. He told me that my calf on my bad foot is pretty weak, and I walk badly on that foot-one of those things has caused the other so that’s something else I need to work on.

In terms of happier news, I will probably be focusing on spin a lot more in the coming months! I think I will be teaching more regularly at the gym I sub at, but in addition, I got hired at another place to sub! I’m extremely excited about this because it is the gym that I’ve always gone to, that I took my first spin class at, and that I learned to love fitness at. It’s a chain gym, and I always felt that if I was teaching there, I’ve met my spin teaching dream. Ahhh! Additionally, I still need continuing education units in the next year, so I see lots of workshops in my future!

What’s up with you?

Sonoma Adventures

Happy Friday! It’s my last weekday of spring break, and I have lots to share! I will likely post again later this afternoon with some life updates.

My family just got back from a little mini-vacation to Sonoma, by way of Muir Woods.

Muir Woods is a Redwood Forest, and I haven’t been in 15 years, so it was a perfect stop on the way to Sonoma.

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We took the 2 mile trail, which took us about an hour, with plenty of picture stops.

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(Working on teaching my mom proper selfie form)

The redwoods were beautiful. I think the pictures speak for themselves!

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We got a bit of a late start, so we were plenty hungry for lunch when we finished the hike! We stopped in Mill Valley for lunch, which had an adorable little downtown. My mom and I split an artichoke and a chicken balsamic chicken sandwich with garlic aioli.

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After walking around a bit, we made the rest of the drive to Sonoma. My parents walked around the square a bit while I iced my sore foot, and we ordered room service for dinner-a turkey wrap for me!

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Wednesday morning, I started with a training run on the treadmill-4 miles. Breakfast was a complimentary continental buffet, but they had tons of options!

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The muffin ended up having nuts. Boo!

Then, we were off to explore the square.

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Chocolate tasting! We came home with a box. They had samples of the apricot ganache filling of the apricot truffles, so I had to bring home one of those!

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The Sonoma Mission:

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I found us a fantastic little lunch place-The Sunflower Caffe. They had outdoor patio seating, with a fountain. On a California spring day, this was perfect.

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I had the Vegan Pita, which was a whole wheat pita stuffed with greens, avocado, and a bean salad and served with red pepper sauce. Delicious!

Sonoma square:

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There’s a lot of history here. The square was the site of the Bear Flag Revolt, where California declared its independence from Mexico in 1846.

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M&M cookie from a little bakery.

In the afternoon, we visited some dogs. My family may be getting a puppy this summer, so we went to meet a breeder and her beautiful dogs.

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On the way back, we passed a dairy farm with a whole bunch of calves out front. Since I’ve been obsessed with ruminants (especially cows) lately, we pulled off to get a closer look. This guy was friendly!

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As promised, I will have a post on the dairy industry and cows up soon!

We went to the El Dorado Kitchen for a nice dinner.

Roasted brussels sprouts.

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Cod with roasted cauliflower and grapes.

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And caramel banana upside down cake with meyer lemon ice cream. Amazing.

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After dinner, we saw Insurgent. I didn’t love it. I thought the first book in the series was the best anyways, but I don’t love the actor who played Tris. She seemed a little whiny, and I thought there were some bad special effects. The books are always better though! Did anyone else see it?

Since this post is getting long, I’ll cut it off here and throw the last few things into my life update post!

What is your favorite animal?

Food Catch-Up

Hey guys! Since the blogging has been sparse lately, I’ve stockpiled quite a few delicious meals! So-let’s get to it, shall we?

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My current typical breakfast-eggs with a few veggies, sun butter, and an apple.

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A hummus salad with roasted red pepper hummus and a turkey burger. Plus an oatmeal cookie hiding in the back there. Is it weird that I love oatmeal raisin cookies??

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Vegan coconut/mango/strawberry rice pudding. For some reason the dining hall has had a lot of vegan desserts lately, and this was deliciously creamy and refreshing!

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Chicken, roasted cauliflower, roasted broccoli, and candied yams.

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Hummus salad, a few sweet potato fries, and a veggie panini with pesto aioli.

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During finals when I didn’t have class, I decided to have breakfast before my 5 mile hill run so I went with a bit of eggs and a whole wheat english muffin, half with butter and half with sun butter and jam.

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Lunch at the dining hall-I made a salad with fajita chicken, beans, salsa, and guacamole. Plus some caesar salad on the side. Salad with my salad? Why not?

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A turkey burger with sautéed greens, a few pieces of orange tofu, and carrots with poppyseed dressing.

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Out to ice cream with friends to say goodbye to one who is going abroad! I went to my favorite place ever, Tin Pot, but got the vegan ice cream which was chocolate coconut since me eating dairy is of debatable intelligence right now. It was still rich and chocolatey, with shredded coconut.

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Lunch before my last exam was the same thing I’ve had in tupperware these past couple of weeks, but my pictures have looked like mostly just lettuce! Roasted red pepper hummus and hard boiled egg. Quick, easy, and delicious!

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On my first day home, my parents and I went to our local Chinese restaurant. I started with egg drop soup.

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For my main dish, I had sautéed chicken and vegetables with fried rice.

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On Saturday night, we made my Grilled Chicken and Peach salad, but subbed grilled pears for grilled peaches, and it turned out great!

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Leftover grilled chicken repurposed into a post-run meal of BBQ chicken and steamed broccoli.

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Apple Crisp! I used a recipe from Nancy Clark’s Nutrition for Athletes book, and the simple recipe came out rich with flavor! Served with some coconut milk ice cream for me.

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Turkey burgers with homemade ketchup on a lettuce leaf, baked sweet potato wedges, and the best ever roasted broccoli.

Can you tell I am now home with access to a kitchen??

Monday afternoon, we stopped at a local bakery to try a few slices of cake which we shared between us.

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(I apologize for the terrible picture!)

Banana chocolate chip with cream cheese icing.

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Tropical-coconut pineapple.

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Raspberry vanilla.

I think the raspberry vanilla might have been my favorite? I think I would have liked them better if I had just one flavor at once-we split them and there was just a lot going on!

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A quick dinner-my CA chop salad. This has chicken, tomato, avocado, olives, and gouda with a dijon vinaigrette.

PHEW that was long.

What did you eat this week?

 

All Things Fitness: Long Run + 15.4

Hey guys! It’s been a little while, hasn’t it? I currently sitting at home, brushing fur off my laptop. I’ve made it to spring break!

I’m going to save my buildup of food pictures for tomorrow, but for now, let’s talk fitness (ok, and some food). I was excited to be coming home Friday-because my home Crossfit does the Open workouts on Fridays, it doesn’t interfere with my work schedule so I can go! I was pretty excited. I watched the live announcement on Thursday night and was happy to see cleans featured in 15.4. Because I can’t do handstand push ups, I of course did the scaled version.

My thoughts:

-The scaled version was a lot more boring than the Rx version. I thought it was strange they changed the rep scheme. That being said, it was nice not to have to try and figure out all that weird counting.

-It was harder than I expected. I thought I was just going to fly through. That being said-I can’t remember the last time I worked on cleans, and my Crossfit near school almost never does barbell movements in WODs. I have an incredible lack of wrist strength as a result and that tends to be what burns out first for me in this type of workout.

It was awesome coming back to my home Crossfit. I got the glowing introduction of being the person with awesome lifting technique, so the pressure was on to keep up quality reps throughout the workout!

The 8 minutes passed quickly. (15.4 was 8 minutes of 10 push presses at 65# and 10 cleans at 75#). It was hard but not as painful as 14.5 last year-neverending thrusters and burpees was the worst.

I ended with 4 rounds+3 push presses. I’m not sure how that compares to anything though!

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It was a great way to kick off spring break!

After that, I met up with a high school friend for dinner.

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I had a crepe with mozzarella, chicken, sundried tomato, olives, and pesto.

We stuck around chatting long enough for the restaurant to close, so we headed out for ice cream.

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Chocolate malt frozen yogurt with heath pieces. We closed that place as well! It was so, so nice to catch up.

Fast-forwarding to Sunday, I had my 11 miler on the schedule. Traditionally, my 11 mile runs have been the worst runs of my training cycle, for some reason. Maybe it’s because I

m still tired from the volume of running 10 miles the week before, but I don’t have the fitness that I do by the 12 miler?

Either way, this run ended up being my fastest 11 mile run to date.

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(Note this is a recycled picture but this is where I went.)

I tried to run at a comfortable pace without looking at the numbers too much-for better or for worse. I reached the halfway point with a 9:39 average pace, which is pretty fast for me for a long run. I think the speed cost me a little bit on the second half, but I still finished with pretty good stats.

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This run kind of knocked me out afterwards though! I think I didn’t drink enough water, so I’ve had a vague headache since then, and my foot is less than happy.

In terms of this race, I’ve said this before, but I’m definitely not trying to PR. I just want an enjoyable race where I don’t fly at the beginning and die at the end. I seem to always kill my legs by going out to fast, and then it’s just not fun at all.

Stay tuned tomorrow for lots of delicious food :) For now, here’s a little selfie action.

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Did you do 15.4? Thoughts?

 

 

More Thoughts on Athlete Identity and Next Week’s Goal

I love reading all your comments on athletic identity! I think that with all I do, I am still an athlete, but I just seem to have a mental block about realizing that. I think part of this recent feeling stems from the fact that I haven’t exactly been pushing hard in my workouts lately-while being sick for a while, I felt like I was just in maintenance and survival mode, but now I’m ready to get after it! This was especially apparent when I did Crossfit Open 15.3-I swear I used to be better at wall balls!

15.3 was 7 muscle ups, 50 wall balls, and 100 double unders, for 14 minutes. Since I am definitely not able to do a muscle up, I did the scaled which was 50 wall balls, and 200 singles for 14 minutes. I initially wanted to try double unders but after trying for a while, it was just taking too long. This one was tough-my arms were dead. Partially probably due to the fact that we did a TON of push ups the day before and so my shoulders were already sore!

Also-I’m feeling more like an athlete after today’s half training run. I’m back to double digits! I started the morning with my typical pre-run breakfast, jazzed up with some frozen blueberries. It’s basically a mess of egg whites, banana, and a few oats. I would normally put cocoa powder in it, but I’m not reacting too well to chocolate as far as I know, and didn’t want to take any chances.

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After my foot felt really good all week, it flared up on me again yesterday. I used twice last night, and I still woke up with it sore. I even iced immediately upon waking up. I honestly didn’t have too high hopes for the run, given my foot and the fact that I felt pretty sluggish last week, but ended up surprising myself and having a great run.

My left calf had been a little tight this week, and strangely enough my calves get less tired if I’m running a little faster, so I picked up the pace a bit at the beginning and just got in a groove. I was well under a 10:00 mile for most of the run (minus a hilly mile) and kept up my splits right to the last mile. Ok? I’ll take it!

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I think the fact that I was eating less junk this week totally helped! Also-in terms of race day plans, I’m not trying to PR. I just want to enjoy the race. In my last race, I ran all of my training runs at a pace to PR (in the heat and humidity no less), and went out way too fast, and ended up crashing hard at the end as a result, leading to one of my worse times. So no flying and dying for me this time!

Next week is finals week, so I went home after my run for Physics help and a home cooked meal. This is chicken and dumplings from Cooking Light-the dumplings are stops of whole wheat tortilla! The perfect mix of protein, carbs, and salt post-run!

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We also had some blueberry pie, because pi day! I don’t have a picture of that, but here are the mini pies I had last night! My sorority sold them to raise money for our philanthropies (and yes, selling pie on pi day was totally my idea…). My friend and I split mixed berry and apricot.

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In terms of finals, I have one Monday, one Tuesday, and one Friday. Luckily, I seem to be on track with my studying so far, which is why I actually have time to post this!

So-weekly goals. This past week’s goal was pretty successful-I think I nailed 5.5/7 breakfasts and lunches this week! So moving on to this week’s goal: no nighttime eating. During dead and finals week, there are treats and study snacks at every corner. While I know some people swear by their nighttime snacks, for some reason eating late at night always gives me stomachaches. While I would say I’m 99% fine after being sick, things that would normally give me a stomachache are magnified, and nightly snacks have not been kind to me as of late. So that’s this week’s goal-I’ll keep you all updated on how it goes!

Did you have pie for pi day?