Thursday, December 31, 2015

All aboard the clean eating train!

Happy New Year's Eve everyone!  Hope you all have some fun plans to celebrate this evening.  I'm being a homebody and having a quiet celebration at home with my boyfriend since I'll be running my first race of 2016 in the morning.  Can't wait to break in my new Altra Torin 2.0's!

Truthfully, I wanted to drop a little post about my dinner last night because 1) I hate cooking and hardly ever do it and 2) It was delicious and I didn't burn the food (or my apartment) down!  I decided instead of waiting for January 1st to start my clean eating journey, I wanted to start this week and ease into it.  I've cooked every day this week but until last night every dish was something that I've made before.  You guys, I detest cooking.  I get so anxious and stressed out when I try to cook something new especially when I'm cooking for someone else.  Cooking scares me but I've decided to embrace my fears for the new year so I went for it.

The recipe I chose to attempt to cook is the chicken parmesan quinoa bake by Fit Foodie Finds.  There weren't too many ingredients and looked relatively easy to make.  Unfortunately, I didn't plan very well so I ended up shopping for most of the ingredients after my run (including the casserole dish because I didn't have one) and by the time I got home I was pressed for time to get dinner together.  For those that don't know, I hate being pressed for time and as it got later and later the more anxious and stressed out I became.  And the more anxious and stressed out I became, the more mistakes I made.  The kicker was when I couldn't open the marinara jar to save my life.  I may or may not have texted my boyfriend and exclaimed that we weren't having this dish for dinner anymore because I was over it.  So dramatic!

Thankfully I have the most patient, understanding, calm boyfriend ever and he assured me that everything was going to be fine and the dish was still going to be delicious.  Turns out he was right!  After he so gallantly opened that dang marinara jar for me, I got all of the ingredients into the casserole dish and popped it in the oven.  While that cooked I whipped together a mixed super greens salad with red peppers, cucumbers, avocado and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing and voila!  A yummy dinner for two.  My boyfriend said it was the best meal he's had in a while. And we had plenty leftover for our lunches.  Score!

Gotta work on my food pics.  I'm obviously not a food blogger.
 
There you go.  So far so good with my clean eating.  Starting January 1st I'll be ramping it up and joining some friends for the Whole30 Challenge. For real this time!  We'll see how that goes.  Wish me luck!

Food + Wine = Perfection

What are your New Year's resolutions?  Is anyone else planning on eating cleaner for the new year?  Do you have any easy healthy recipes that you can share with someone who is culinarily challenged like me?

Monday, December 28, 2015

I'm ready for you 2016!

Hello again!  I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season.  Can you believe 2015 is almost over?  I can't!  It certainly wasn't my year from a running perspective as I was plagued with illness, injury and full on burnout but nonetheless I had some amazing highlights such as finally rediscovering my running mojo at the Big Sur Half Marathon, having fun with running again and finding a love for the trails.  Oh yeah, and then there was this:

 SQUEEE!  I can't believe this happened!
 
Suffice it to say, I'm really looking forward to what 2016 has to offer and I have some big goals that I'll be targeting.  Here's what I'll be working towards in 2016:
 
  1. Stay healthy.  My ultimate goal for the new year is stay healthy and injury free.  I'll be focusing on eating clean and cross training to build strength, flexibility and mobility.
  2. Run consistently.  Burnout was my reality this year and I had no desire to really run at all, sometimes going weeks without getting in even a mile.  This coming year I want to focus on running consistently at a minimum of 3 times a week, regardless of mileage or time.
  3. Marathon PR!  I really wanted this to happen this year but it wasn't meant to be.  Next year, I'll be coming out of the gate hungry and ready to make this a reality.
 
As far as races go, here's what my tentative race schedule is looking like for 2016:
 
Rio Grill Resolution Run, Carmel, CA -  01/01/16
Razorback 50k, San Martin, CA - 03/05/16
Hellyer Half Marathon, San Jose, CA - 03/20/16
American River 50, Auburn, CA - 04/02/16
Salinas Valley Half Marathon, Soledad, CA - 08/06/16
Two Cities Marathon, Clovis, CA - 11/06/16
Big Sur Half Marathon, Monterey, CA - 11/13/16
North Face Endurance Challenge SF - Marathon, Date TBD
 
That's my 2016 in a nutshell.  If you're planning on being at any of the races I've listed, please let me know.  I'd love to see you!
 
Hope you have a great New Year and I'll see you in 2016!
 
What are your goals for 2016?  Do you have any fun plans for New Year's Eve?