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Back to the Track + Recent Eats

Hi friends!

Guess what? I FINALLY made it back to the track this morning! Between all the travel I’ve been doing and all the snow/ice we had over the past month and a half, I hadn’t been to the track for my Potomac River Runners group in wayyyyyy too long. I skipped last Thursday and this Tuesday because of the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC half marathon, but I decided it was time to get back into it today!

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I couldn’t find my Garmin this morning (thankfully I found it later – I was worried I might have left it at the race on Saturday!), so I don’t know exactly far I ran, but I’d say about 4 miles total including the warm up/cool down.

For today’s workout, we did two 10 minute lower threshold runs around the track – I did mine around an 8:40 pace. Then, we did some 200’s at a faster pace.

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I’ve been having some soreness/tightness in my lower back since Saturday (I think being so cold/tense after the race really tightened it up, and it spazzed out later on once I got home)… hoping with some foam rolling and the massage I’m getting tomorrow (yesss) it will sort itself out. It felt fine today once I warmed up! I took this week nice and low key – easy walks on Sunday and Monday, a swim on Tuesday, and this yoga DVD at home yesterday. Felt nice to get back into it today! I’m actually going to yoga tonight, too, which should feel good. :)

On the breakfast front this week, I tried a new-to-me product that I bought at Whole Foods recently – this frozen Engine2 grain blend.

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I mixed it with a couple tablespoons of almond milk, a shake of cinnamon, and popped it in the microwave. The ingredient list is great – just wheat berries, farro, black barley, and golden raisins, that’s it! Decent amount of protein, too – 7 grams per serving.

Once it was out of the microwave, I topped it with some fresh strawberries and blackberries, sliced almonds, and walnuts.

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The verdict? It was good! Nice way to mix it up from oatmeal. I liked the chewy texture!

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The other breakfast I’ve been enjoying is my standard Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast with peanut butter, sliced banana, cinnamon, and an extra addition: plain Greek yogurt! Sounds weird, but it’s really tasty, and an easy way to add some serious protein to the mix!

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As for lunch, I’ve been enjoying my standard veggie/greens/beans/brown rice bowls, plus avocado, feta, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette. I just bought these cool woven wood lightweight (but large) salad bowls on Amazon the other day – pretty, right? I was getting tired of taking pictures of my lunch salads in my lame mixing bowls – none of our other bowls are big enough to handle the epic-ness that is my lunch salads. ;)

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On the dinner front, I threw together an easy slow cooker meal for us earlier this week. I basically tossed some potatoes and raw chicken breasts into the slow cooker, then poured a sauce over them that was made of about 1 and a half cups chicken broth, a splash olive oil, a few shakes of dried rosemary and thyme, a big squirt of dijon mustard, about a tablespoon of minced garlic and a little paprika.

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5 hours on low and it was ready! I <3 our crockpot – makes dinner so much easier.

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To go with the chicken and potatoes, I also made us some roasted broccoli and kale chips. To make the kale chips, just rub a little oil into them, sprinkle with salt, and spread on a baking sheet. I baked them for about 10 minutes at 350. Perfectly crispy! The key is to not use too much oil or they’ll get soggy.

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Yum! Unpictured ketchup (for me) and hot sauce (for him) made this dinner perfect. Simple and satisfying!

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Back to work – I hope you all have a great day!

What’s the best meal/snack you’ve eaten so far this week? I’m planning to whip up a batch of my Nutty Protein Granola Bars a little later on – it’s been way too long and I’m craving them!

Comments

  1. 1

    Lack of protein is definitely something that stops me from eating toast as much as I might like to, so I really love the addition of greek yogurt! I am already dreaming up some amazing sweet & savoury combos!

    Best snack lately has definitely got to be sweet potato and Trader Joe’s almond butter. I don’t know how I survived without the stuff!

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    I cooked a leg of lamb this morning…epic! Enjoy the massage! I could do with a full body one myself, my legs are crying out for one!

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    I have been obsessed with my homemade almond butter and Medjool date combo. I want to say this week, but it’s a problem that’s been going on for months haha. I hate when the dates are soft and squishy though, so I have some in the oven right now to dry out.

    Thanks for sharing all the eats, they look delicious! Also good job getting back on the track :)

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    I bet that engine 2 blend would be tasty with cottage cheese in your mix too. I can’t wait to enjoy dairy again. For some weird reason, it causes problems with my daughter’s gut/breastfeeding. All worth her though!! Let’s just say when its over, I’ll be celebrating!

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      Yes, it would definitely be good with cottage cheese! I’m sorry to hear about the dairy issues – enjoy introducing it again when you can! :)

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    I want to try Engine 2 food! And mm I love kale chips!

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    That grain medley looks delicious! I’m sure it was a nice change from the regular morning oatmeal. I’ve been meaning to try and replace oatmeal with quinoa, which I know is a popular choice.

    I think the best thing I’ve made all week was my Crockpot Irish Stew! I love to use my crockpot – I’m not ready to give up soups and chilis from this winter quite yet, but it’s always handy to make roast pork or tender chicken for enchiladas!

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    Roadrunner says

    Well done on the track work; as you know, if you want to run fast in a race, you’ve got to run fast in training! (And the opposite is true, too: long, slow runs produce long, slow races!)

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    Is there a trick to storing kale chips? Or are they a “only make as much as you’ll eat in one sitting” type of thing? I made a my first batch a couple weeks ago while I was prepping meals for the week & I was so sad the next day when I realized they were wilted and soggy in the container I had them stored in.

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    Hey Anne!

    That breakfast blend looks legit! I tried Millet for the first time today and it is GREAT! It doesn’t have a funky taste and soggy texture like oatmeal so I don’t choke it down haha.

    Have a killer day!

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    In high school I was a sprinter, so now that I’m training for long distances I love to throw in a track workout here and there. This winter has been so cold so I can’t wait to get back out there! The veggie/bean/rice bowl looks SO good, I’m going to have to make that!

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