Category Archives: Running

Feeling Flat

I had an amazing weekend and Monday was, well, a Monday. I’ll recap the weekend which included a trip to Vail and a super fun mountain bike ride on Cougar ridge from Vail to Minturn, but I’m waiting on photos. I was a slacker and didn’t take any or have my GPS, so it would be a boring post if I wrote it now.

 

In general, I’m feeling tired, sore, and in need of rest and the past few days have made that very apparent.

Workout – Monday

Yesterday morning I planned on heading to the gym to do some strength training, but when I opened the door to a cool morning I couldn’t resist running. Cool weather is hard to come by here in Colorado lately. We’ve had mid-90s temps for a few days now. It is kind of unbearable if you ask me.

I ran down to the park the stopped and did my strength circuits plus an extra just for fun.

 

Circuit 1

  • Front & back lunges – 6x each, each side
  • Incline push ups on low bar – 15x
  • Burpees – 15x
  • Repeat

Circuit 2 

  • Lateral pull-ups on medium bar – 15x
  • Hanging tucked leg lifts – alternating sides – 6x each
  • Squat jumps – 15x
  • Repeat

Circuit 3

  • Tricep dips – 15x
  • Reverse crunches on bench – 15x
  • Lunge jumps, alternating – 10x each side
  • Repeat

I ran home for a total of a little over 2 miles of running, but it felt like a lot more with those circuits mixed in!

Biking/Commute

Evan and I drove to work, but planned on riding home together. I love being able to commute with Evan. It is great to have a buddy and helps me push harder, slow down, spin more, support me or whatever it happens to be that I need on the particular day. Yesterday, it was just someone for support and to tell me to shift and spin instead of mashing my pedals.

I was tired. My legs weren’t burning or hurting, they  just wouldn’t go. I felt tired through my whole body and no matter how much I shifted, pedaling still wasn’t getting any easier.

We still made it home in reasonable time, about 53 minutes from my office, and I was thrilled to get off the bike.

The morning workout + uphill commute + nearly 100 degree temps beat me up.

Mountain Biking

Clearly, I needed some rest after yesterday’s ride home and this morning’s very sore legs, but I don’t take well to rest days, so I attempted a mountain bike ride this morning before work. It wasn’t my best ride, I didn’t make it far, I fell when I shouldn’t have, but ya know what, it was still awesome to be outdoors getting sweaty before a day in the office.

 

I only rode for about 30 minutes and kept it super easy to hopefully just get my legs moving enough to work out some of the tightness.

One Year

A year ago today I started this little blog of mine. I had some loose direction as to where I wanted it go, what I would blog about and how often I would blog. I’m pretty sure I have strayed from all of those and still don’t have a much clearer direction. For now, it is my place to share anything and everything, but I mainly try to keep it to healthy living related stuff like running, cycling, hiking, other adventures, travel and foodie stuff. I have no idea where it will go in the future, but it is something I truly enjoy and has become therapeutic for me, so I think it will stick around for a while.

30-Day Challenge Update

It has been about 10 days since I set my challenges so I am a bit overdue for an update.

Running: Sadly, I had to give it up. My knee was not getting better even with only one easy mile per day. The last I ran, until today, was about a week ago I think. My body needed it and there was just no sense in pushing myself to get through only one mile, because that is all I could tolerate, day after day.

I would love to add a new challenge to replace the running, but I’d rather wait until I finish the first set then start new challenges all at the same time.

No Alcohol: Easy-peasy. I really only had one day that was tempting last week while I was at a work event, but other than that, it is not big deal.

Workout

This morning I knocked out my strength training workout in about 25 minutes total. And that might even include my travel time to and from the gym. Believe me, I still felt it. I was drenched in sweat and shaky by the time I left. I really love those workouts.

 

I grabbed running clothes hoping to get out at lunch time and hoping even more that I could run more than a quarter of a mile before my knee started hurting. Well, the week of no running paid off! I ran 3 miles with zero pain. My legs were tired from yesterday’s riding and this morning’s lifting, but given the short distance I kept a reasonable pace. Booya! It was super hot out otherwise I would have run longer just because I was excited to be running!

Snack

I had lunch after my run and it was good, but then I polished off some raspberries as an afternoon snack! They’ve been on sale so I am snatching them up and eating them anytime I want totally guilt free. So good!

 

I’ve got an exciting evening of haircut, girls dinner for charity, and a birthday bbq!

Have a wonderful evening!

Hazelnut Crusted Chicken & Beet Salad

It feels like ages since I’ve spent some time in the kitchen and make an “actual” meal. Lately we’ve been just throwing together whatever is quickest. This was a welcomed change and really wasn’t super complicated still.

Hazelnut Crusted Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter

Chop hazelnuts, panko, cilantro, salt & pepper in food processor until crumb sized. Pound chicken breasts to about 1/2 inch thick. Dip chicken into beaten egg. Coat in crumb mixture and press to stick. Heatbutter in skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through. 3-5 minutes per size.

 

Roasted Beet Salad

I have seen lots of different variations of this salad on menus and was excited to make my own when I bought these beets and greens at the farmer’s market. This is my take and we loved it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 beet (I roasted 3, but used only 1 on 2 salads)
  • 4-6 cups chopped red leaf lettuce (any other green would do)
  • 1 bosc pear
  • 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400*. Remove stem and scrub beets. Wrap each beet in aluminium foil. Roast beats for 45-60 minutes or until tender. Remove beets from oven and let stand to cool. Peel beets once they are cool enough to handle. To peel just rub the top layer off of the beet with your hands. I recommend wearing gloves so you don’t stain your hands. Chop beats into 1/2 inch cubes. Top greens with sliced pear, beets, and gorgonzola. For the dressing; whisk olive oil, vinegar, shallot, salt and pepper together. Drizzle on to salad.

 

Evan and I both cleaned our plates and commented how nice it was to have a meal that required some thought and more than 10 minutes.

 

Fresh roasted beets are noticeably better than beets you get at most restaurants, especially on salad bars. I’m glad we still have two left!

 

What is your favorite kind of beet salad? 

Workout

This morning I wanted to ride my bike, but hit snooze one to many times to have enough time to ride, so hit up the high school track instead. I did all kinds of running/sprint drills plus some push-ups both incline and decline. I definitely got my mile run in as well.

Okay, off to bed. Super long day tomorrow.

Buffalo Creek Trail Ride

This Monday is flying by. Wowzers! The weekend also kind of flew by with workouts, farmer’s markets, conferences, mountain biking, Ikea, and some family time and by time I mean napping at my parent’s house.

Buffalo Creek Mountain Biking

Sunday morning we got our butts out of bed early to go mountain biking at Buffalo Creek. Located in Pine, Colorado about 40 minutes from Denver, Buff Creek has miles and miles of trail. I have no idea how many miles of trail are actually within the park but you can connect with the Colorado Trail and other trail systems, so I’ve heard you can ride upwards of 60 miles and only repeat small sections of trail.

I was thinking I’d like to do a long ride, but Evan downhilled hard on Saturday and I wasn’t feeling top-notch. We ended up having a crew of six and we all agreed a 3 or so hour ride would be ideal. A buddy had a route in mind so we set-off up the road.

Our route was just shy of 20 miles and covered Gashouse > Charlie’s Cutoff > Homestead > Raspberry Ridge > Blackjack > Sandy Wash.

Most of the trails at Buffalo Creek are super smooth, with lots of corners, and are great to cruise on!

Raspberry Ridge and Blackjack were much more technical and climb a bit higher into the rockier section of the area. The views up there were pretty darn amazing though.

 

Evan and I had never ridden Blackjack which is the new black diamond trail. We helped do some trail work on it a few years ago, so it was cool to see the trail finally completed. For me, it was mostly a hiking trail. I definitely couldn’t ride most of the features. Maybe next time I’ll ride more now that I have seen the trail.

 

Myself and the other gal that was riding with us were pretty relieved to be off of Blackjack and back on the silky smooth, flowing trails. The descent down Sandy Wash was screaming fast and so flipping fun we never wanted it to end. In my opinion, Sandy Wash and Charlie’s Cutoff are must-ride trails for anyone that doesn’t hate fun.

I did track the ride on Strava, but my phone died at some point. It appears it was near the end of the ride though. The data is kind of confusing because I stopped Strava once my phone was charged at home. It is messed up, so there’s that. Oh wait, I might have just edited it to fix the problem. Hmm. I thought I was savvy.

Post-ride we chowed down and headed to Ikea where I had the best $1 ice cream ever. I almost got another one because it was so delicious. Then we headed to my parent’s house. They fed us delicious homemade meatballs and sauce and I napped. Then we at pie. And then went home. To bed.

Do you rest and relax on weekends or play hard and feel more tired after the weekend? 

Running Streak

Fail. I didn’t get a run in yesterday. I did lots of stuff and am not going to make excuses. I am super bummed that I missed a day, but I am going to get back after it and shoot for 37 out of the 38 days as long as my knee holds up.

Are you participating in the run streak? How is it going? 

Freshen Up

What a glorious morning in Golden!

Workout

I was a tired girl this morning. I wanted to sleep forever. Well, not really, but you get the point. I was a little ambitious last night and claimed I was going to get up early and get a 40 or so mile road ride in before heading to a conference here in about an hour. Didn’t happen. I think it is for the best. My body is tired.

That said, I still got seriously sweaty this morning. I ran exactly a half mile to a park where I did a few rounds of a circuit workout that included things like lunges, burpees, tricep dips, pushups, squat jumps and some other stuff. Then ran the half mile home. That’s a mile for Run Streak Day number six.

 

I did a bit more, mostly core, when I got home. I needed more props than the park had to offer. I left a serious sweat puddle on the living room floor.

 

Golden Farmer’s Market

I showered off and jumped on my bike for a quick trip to the Golden Farmer’s Market. Today was the opening day of the Farmer’s Market for the summer season. It isn’t a very big farmer’s market, but I can always find something to buy there. I have to limit how much cash I have on hand so I don’t end up blowing our budget on tasty dips, pickled vegetables, homemade granola, fresh bread and pastries (OMG I want them all), crepes and all the other deliciousness that is sold at the farmer’s market. This year’s selection doesn’t seem to be much different from last year, but it is always a nice way to start a Saturday. It is more fun when others join though. I picked up some greens – kale and red leaf lettuce – and some beets. Not sure what I’ll do with them yet though. I just love beets.

Do you have any good beet recipes?

 

Off to a conference for the rest of the day. Enjoy your Saturday!