Hey friends! It’s a rainy and gray one over here in DC – I feel kind of like this. Anyone else?
On the upside, it’s almost October, so I feel like it’s now appropriate to re-share this old favorite post: 33 Healthy and Delicious Pumpkin Recipes. You’re welcome. 😉
I was able to sleep in a bit this rainy morning since I’m getting in my movement over lunchtime. I’m hitting my favorite noon power hour yoga class at Epic Yoga via ClassPass with a friend from my coworking space! I’m looking forward to it already. Speaking of ClassPass, if you want to do the free 2 week ClassPass trial (affiliate link) that I mentioned earlier this month, the offer expires today! So activate it by midnight EST tonight if you want to give it a shot. It’s only for new members and not valid in NYC or outside the US, just FYI. Also, if you don’t want to continue after the 2 free weeks, be sure to cancel it just before the 2 weeks ends or your account will be automatically activated.
Before heading downtown today, I threw together a packed lunch to enjoy at the office post-yoga. My high school BFF Jenny gifted me this cool collapsible salad lunchbox (affiliate link) for my birthday and today was my first time trying it out. Love it! So cool that the bottom collapses when it’s empty so it slips back into bags more easily. BPA free, too.
I love the little salad dressing holder in particular! I poured in some red wine vinegar, olive oil, and a little dijon mustard. Shake, shake!
As for the salad, I started with a base of arugula and brown rice, then threw on some canned tuna mixed with guac (great combo). Zara was PUMPED that I opened a can of tuna because she always gets to clean it out for me when I’m finished. 🙂
I threw some cabbage on top, too. Obsessed with cabbage lately – so crunchy!
In the top layer, I put some green beans and the salad dressing. Cute little bento box type containers like this make me weirdly happy. Everything in its place!
As for snacks, I packed up a homemade savory granola bar and a Siggi’s yogurt.
All together now!
I’ll be leaving the office early today so I didn’t pack quite as many snack options as usual. Why am I leaving early? Because I am volunteering as a Girls on the Run coach at a nearby elementary school (the girls are grades 3 to 5) this fall! 🙂
If you haven’t heard of Girls on the Run before, it’s an after school program that builds self esteem and confidence in young girls through running. The programs are a couple months long and at the end of the season, the girls all complete a 5k race. I’ve always wanted to volunteer for them but was never able to make it work with my schedule until now! I have to a miss a couple practices due to travel but luckily there are 4 coaches at my site, so we’re able to rotate as needed. We had our first practice on Monday and our second one is today! I’m bummed it’s rainy because that means we’ll be stuck indoors… fingers crossed for good weather all the other practice days!
Have any of you ever coached for Girls on the Run? Any tips? My local chapter has so far been pretty disorganized, but I’ve heard great things about the program as a whole and my group’s head coach has coached before (and works at the school where we’re coaching) so that’s been really helpful!
As for my own running, I was out at the track yesterday morning with my track group! We had a long one yesterday – two 3200s (8 laps – 2 miles) with a few minutes rest in between. I kept it casual on pace because I was still feeling it a bit from my 10k PR and bike ride on Saturday! I ended up running with a couple others and chatting most of it, so that made it a lot more fun. 8 laps straight around the track gets boring real fast. 😉 I started my watch a little late on the first lap, but here’s the gist of the workout:
I also did a 1 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down not included on the watch – so I covered 6 miles total. Long one for a track day!
One last running-related thing before I sign off today: myself and my fellow Brooks Run Happy Blogger Ambassadors will be on a live running Q&A chat tonight (8 to 9 p.m. EST) on Brooks’ cool new online community, The Run! If you want in on the action, just sign up/create a profile and sign in at 8 EST to join in on the chat! You’ll be able to ask us live questions. Looking forward to hopefully chatting with some of you! It’s super informal, so feel free to pop in and out as you like. And even if you can’t make the chat, The Run community is really cool and worth a look if you’re a running fan. Lots of great motivation and running tips.
Have a wonderful day, my friends!
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