I have completed the 13th week of my half marathon training! This week included another milestone for me - longest run ever being 10 miles.
Tuesday: circuit training
Wednesday: 3 mile run
Thursday: ab circuit
Sunday: 10 mile run
Goal: get my short runs in throughout the week!
Next Saturday is the 15k race that is part of the training series for the half marathon. I have never ran a 15k race before, so I am excited to see how it goes. Hopefully we will have some nice weather!
This week my Friday Favorites post is short and simple. I included 3 links to other blog posts or articles that I read and liked throughout the week. Definitely worth checking out!
33 Genius Three-Ingredient Recipes
10 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s
100 Ways to Overcome Stress
Have a wonderful weekend!
You might be getting sick of my crockpot recipes, but if you're anything like me, some days a quick and easy crockpot meal is all you can manage. This recipe has about 5 ingredients, and all you have to do is toss them together in the crockpot, let it cook, and enjoy the deliciousness.
1 container of your favorite salsa
4-6 chicken breasts (depending how thick you want the mixture (more chicken = more thick)
1 8 ounce package of reduced fat cream cheese
1 packet of reduced sodium taco seasoning
brown rice (I serve it over brown rice or quinoa)
avocado (optional topping)
Put chicken, salsa, cream cheese (in small spoonfuls), and seasoning in crock pot
Cook on high for 4 hours (or on low for 8 hours).
Serve over brown rice and top with avocado (optional).
I have completed the 12th week of my half marathon training!
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: ab circuit
Friday: 5 mile walk
Saturday: 9 mile run
I have been slacking more than I would like to admit on my weekday runs. (Anyone else praying for Spring weather and sunshine?!) However, I am happy that my long runs have been increasing by 1 mile each weekend - - 9 miles is the farthest I have ever run at one time, so I am motivated by that and plan to make this week even better!
I was asked to try out and review the Mash Up Conditioning DVD, so let's get to it.
M-AS-H stands for: Mind/Body, Agility & Strength, and High Intensity Intervals all in one workout.
MASH Up Conditioning was created by two women who are moms and fitness experts. They are firm believers in getting a good workout in should not take hours.
This winter was brutal with freezing temps, snow, and ice, so having options to workout at home is always nice when you just can't get outside.
Each workout is 15 minutes. There are 7 segments on the DVD. What is really great about this DVD is that they have someone showing beginner, intermediate, and advanced modifications. The beginner person in the video is actually pregnant, so it shows that MASH UP can be modified to various levels.
MASH UP is broken down into three, 5 minute segments. The first 5 minutes are agility and strength and you do 1 exercise for 1 minute. The second 5 minutes are high intensity interval(HII) based exercises. This is working hard for 30 seconds, with a 30 second break. The final 5 minutes are core focused.
This workout DVD is perfect for when you think the last thing you have time for is a workout. You will work hard with these exercises, but you will also make the most of the short amount of time you have to get a sweat going. Plus, it never hurts to switch things up and mix in different workouts every now and then!
Disclaimer: I was sent a MASH Up Conditioning DVD for review at no cost. All opinions are my own.
As most of you probably know by now, my husband and I LOVE quinoa. These quinoa and sweet potato cakes are delicious and full of flavor. You can eat them as a side to a meal or on a bun for a sandwich. Enjoy!
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook quinoa and lentils separately according to package instructions. Drain lentils well. In a medium bowl, mix together quinoa, lentils, red pepper, onion, seasoning, chili powder, salt and pepper. Add sweet potato and combine using hands until mixture sticks together easily. If mixture is not sticking together, add more cooked sweet potato until desired consistency is reached.
Form the mixture into four (4-inch) patties and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Bake 10 minutes. Flip and continue baking 10 to 12 minutes more until edges are dry and patties are heated through. Serve with your favorite salsa or condiments.
I have completed the 11th week of my half marathon training!
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: planks + circuit training
Thursday: 3 miles
Saturday: 8 mile run
If you're anything like me, sometimes I try to rush the process. It can be tough to take one day at a time, and take joy in the smaller steps of improvement.
This was a great reminder for me to celebrate even the smallest of accomplishments and to keep believing in myself. I hope it encourages you too!
Make it a great week!
I have been experimenting with many different green juice/green smoothie concoctions, and this is my latest green juice - try it out!
1-2 handfuls spinach
1/2 of a lime's juice
splash of water
4 oz orange juice
Blend all ingredients together. Enjoy!