Sunday food prep – what went down in my kitchen

Hello!

Happy Monday!

(wait, is there such a thing?)

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So, did you have a good weekend?  What did you do?

After Saturday’s long run, I went and got myself a new do!

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Sometimes, a girl just needs to be sassy. ;)

Then, I pretty much watched the CrossFit games all weekend.

Those athletes are amaze-balls. Every. Single. One. of. Them.

I actually (briefly) considered, after this 50k, just training and seeing how I could do in 2016.

I’d be in a whole new age group category!

Yes, that means I’m old. Old enough to be in the Masters grouping, that is.

I don’t know. We’ll see. I picked 2016 because there are still so many things I have to work on.

It might be fun! ;)

Anyway, on Sunday, while watching the Games, I food prepped all day.

With me at the 6pm CrossFit classes these days, I’m not usually home until 7:45 – 8:00pm and that’s just too late to cook dinner.

I was setting things up for my sailor to cook but his work life has gotten busier and last week, sometimes I beat him home! Plus, he doesn’t always remember to pack a lunch so he’s eating fast food or not eating at all. That will not do!

I figured if we discussed it all and food prepped together, then he would know what we have and be more prepared to take a lunch AND we’d have things we could toss together for dinner in a hurry.

So, here are some things that went down in our kitchen yesterday:

one whole cut-up chicken, roasted.

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This was SUPER easy. I would have purchased a whole chicken but I didn’t get to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday and the Harris Teeter only had organic chickens cut-up. So, I bought it.

Here’s what you do:

 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the chicken pieces in a pan (I used 9×13), rub all over with olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes. Turn the heat down to 350 degrees and roast 10-40 minutes more, depending on the size of the chicken pieces.  I took the wings, thighs and drumsticks out after 50 total minutes but the breasts had longer to go.

Once cooled, shred and use on sandwiches, salads, in pasta sauces, whatever. :)

(you can shred it when it’s hot, if you want to. just don’t be mad at me when you burn your fingers.)

Then, we got some chili going in the crockpot!

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I used this recipe from PaleoGrubs but I left out the adobo sauce and added some Chipotle chili pepper for some smoky heat.

Chili is perfect on top of a sweet tater with some avocado (that may or may not have been my lunch today), or just heated up and served with cheese and Fritos or whatever you choose.

Of course, I had to make some of my triple chocolate avocado brownies. :)

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Left the chia seeds out this time.

Okay, honestly, I needed to save them for my overnight oats in a jar. :)

And, for quick  breakfasts (I’m the only one who doesn’t forget to eat breakfast. How a person can FORGET to eat breakfast is beyond me!! Umm..doesn’t your stomach tell you it’s hungry?!?!) and/or snacks, I decided to make some of Lindsay’s Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins.

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Holy YUM!

As you can see, I had one to sustain me while I was cooking. ;)

I have one today for my pm snack. Also have some fresh cherries. Om nom nom!

Not pictured are the overnight oats and the chopped veggies for lunches (mostly mine).

And last night, after all that, I made some “deconstructed enchiladas” with this green chili enchilada sauce.

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I used a can of black beans, added some of the chicken we had roasted, and poured in the sauce. Heat over low heat about 10-15 minutes. Serve over rice.

So. Stinkin’. Delicious!

Too good for pictures, obviously. What can I say – we were hungry!!

And, the bonus is, there’s at least one serving left for a lunch or dinner later in the week! #winning

I’ve done food prep before but then, I’ve gotten lazy and fallen off the wagon.

It was definitely better with help!

And, the benefit is, everyone is invested and knows what’s in the fridge so there will be less uneaten food.

Pretty sure we’re going to make this a habit. :)

Talk to me: Do you food prep? What are your go-to recipe choices? Do you prep more for lunches or dinners?

- jennifer

50k training – week 5 recap

Hello!

Finished up week 5 of my 50k training and I’ll be honest – I’m really happy that it’s over.

I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of my weekend and letting my body rest and recharge. It’s been one helluva week.

Monday

Track work! I had mile repeats (3×1600) in 7:24 on the schedule. Waking up was definitely a difficult thing to do this morning. I did NOT want to get out of bed at all. I briefly tried to justify skipping the workout but I didn’t have any good reasons so, off to the track I went.

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At least I was graced with another beautiful morning!

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Did one mile warm-up and got to work on my repeats. My times were 7:19, 7:22, and 7:23. I tried to run more by feel than my watch (although, I did check my watch for pace every 800m or so) and I did pretty well. I was pretty tired by the last one so I was really thankful that I only had to do 3. Finished up with an easy one mile cool-down jog, stretched, and headed into the locker room. :)

Monday was a double so, after work, I headed to the 6pm CrossFit class.

I’m really starting to like this group. I still miss my 4pm buddies but I’m making some new friends and having a good time.

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We started off the workout with some double unders. Apparently, we were, in 10 minutes, supposed to do 50 unbroken, breathe, 40 unbroken, breathe, 30 unbroken, breathe, 20 unbroken, breathe, 10 unbroken, finish.

Yeah. Mine looked more like – do 1, miss the next one, reset, do 1, miss the next one, reset, do 1, miss the next one, reset, lather, rinse, repeat.

For 10 stinkin’ minutes.

Then, the AMRAP.

I’m still working on Handstand push-ups so I scaled down to handstand holds (getting better at those!), I scaled the bar muscle-ups to chest-to-bar pull-ups with the purple band, and I scaled the power clean weight to 70#.

I got through either 5 or 6 rounds.

Then, I practiced my handstands a little more. :)

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Tuesday

Tuesday was CrossFit, no running.

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We started with front squats, 5 sets of 3 reps.

I got up to 110#! I did 65#, 85#, 95#, 105#, 110#. PR baby!

The WOD was an every minute on the minute WOD and usually I enjoy those. Those toes to bar, though.

I used the 35# kettle bell for the goblet squats. Had a devil of a time holding on to the bar for the toes to bar. Ripped my hands a little but not too badly, thank goodness.

Was graced with more beauty in the sky on my way home. I kinda love it here. :)

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Wednesday

No running, 6pm CrossFit.

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This workout was a beast. A serious butt-kicker. When the WOD is running + burpees and the Coach has you warm up with running and burpees, you know you’re in for some hurt.

We started off working up to our 2-rep max push press. I’m can’t really remember what my 1-rep max was before but I’m pretty sure it was around 75# or so. I’d have to grab some old training logs and pray I actually wrote it down somewhere. *note to self – WRITE IT DOWN!!!* Anyway, we warmed up and got started. I successfully did 95# 2 times and loaded 10# more on the bar. I got the first one up but it came down a little funny and when I went up on the second time, Coach said my left knee dropped in and I just couldn’t stick with it. I pushed the bar up but not enough and had to let it go behind me. So, with that, I discovered my new 1-rep max for push press! Whoop!

Then, the WOD. The brutal, awful WOD. I finished in 12:13. The running was the easy part – the burpees, however….. There are reasons people hate burpees – because they’re difficult and they’re a full body-burner. Ugh. But, that which does not kill us….right?

Thursday

Tempo run this morning. It was ridiculously muggy. Blech!

But, it WAS beautiful! Mother Nature’s attempt to make up for the humidity. :)

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I had 6 miles on the schedule – 2 @ 9:32, 3 @ 7:37, 1 @ 9:32.

Yeah, that didn’t happen. My body said NO pretty loudly. My legs felt like they were full of lead (gee, thanks, last night’s burpees!) and my left hip was super tight for some reason. I actually had to pause a couple of times to try and stretch it out! My first mile was 9:41, 2nd mile was 9:18, 3rd was 8:18, 4th was 7:41 (closer, at least), 5th at 9:18, 6th at 9:32. I just didn’t have it at all. I would have pushed the 5th mile a little more but I figured my body was fighting back for a reason. I didn’t want to risk an injury so I slowed it down. I plan on doing as much stretching as I can today to push the lactic acid through my legs and hopefully loosen up my hip. :/

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This is my trying to pretend I feel good. Am I convincing?

 

Friday

6pm CrossFit.

I played hooky. It is what it is. I was tired and really needed the break. Plus, I didn’t want to aggravate whatever may have been going on with my hip/groin area and make a long run on Saturday even more difficult. It’s okay. It’s all part of the plan – I have to listen – and PAY ATTENTION – to my body. Injuries are not an option.

Saturday

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Good morning!

Long run today. I had 18 miles at 9:34 on the schedule.

I honestly wasn’t sure how that was going to go given the week that I had but I still wanted to get out the door and cover some miles.

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Thankfully, I didn’t see any bears!

I adjusted my route a little because I was nervous but I still ran in the park. I just kept my eyes – and ears  – peeled for any signs of a bear.

I got spooked by a couple of runners who came up behind me just past the spot I first saw the bear but I survived. I only jumped a couple of feet in the air. ;)

I saw more darn dogs off leash and roaming the neighborhoods this morning than I have in a while. I’ve been bitten by a dog before so I tend to steer clear of any dog that’s not on a leash or behind a fence that is barking at me. Of course, that means my route had to be adjusted on the fly a few times today. :/

Seriously people, either put up a fence or be outside with your dogs!!

I had to stop once around mile 12 to massage my foot and my tummy was pretty disagreeable so I didn’t manage the full 18.

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I did get 15 miles done and my pace was okay, even for my tummy issues.

I didn’t really do anything different food-wise the past few days so I’m not sure what caused the distress.

I had no issues with my hip so resting on Friday definitely helped whatever that was.

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Even my Garmin thought it was muggy!

So, all in all, week 5 wasn’t the success that I wanted it to be but I did have some good moments.

I think I was carried by the adrenaline of seeing the bear and telling my story during the first part of the week and then, I crashed in the 2nd half.

It’s okay, though. It’s only week 5 of a 16 week plan and I still pulled out some good mileage for my long run.

My plan for the rest of the weekend is to rest, replenish, and rejuvenate.

Watch out, week 6 – I’m coming for ya!

Talk to me: How do you handle “off” training weeks? What’s your favorite way to recuperate after a tough long run?

Five on Friday – the spam edition

Hello!!

We made it!!

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I don’t know about you but this has been a tough week.  I’ve been super slammed at work, trying to fit in all of my workouts and still find time to eat and sleep, and I’m still hyped up about Saturday’s bear encounter.

I need a break!

And no bears on my long run tomorrow. Seriously.

So, in the spirit of taking a break, I’m going to let some other people do the talking.

I’m going to share the spam with you.

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Not that kind of spam, silly. That’s gross. Do people, besides those who live in Hawai’i, still eat that?

Seriously, we lived in Hawai’i for 6 years. Spam was on the menu. Ugh.

Anyway, these are the top 5 spam comments I got this week on various blog posts.

ONE

This one came on my Hearty Italian Sausage and Potato Skillet post.

“Decorations that you are thru watching tv the primary series, it is evident that the exact survivors are not only seen on it’s own relating to the region however that others in the industry relating to the region may also be probably not browsing help them break free of oh no- lately. The film helps you to treatment general questions or concerns that people face your every day lifetime ever since the scenery connected with life and so the fight to depart the city and be accepted as recovered encourages usa to peer inside of our universe from the mileage. Tips on how straightforward wondering and just how we shouldn’t let deed? Some of pretty much pretty good persons? Specifically what valuable thing are you going to do today your kids? What quantity of are you going to price tag your household?”

Oh. Sure. That totally makes sense and relates to my recipe.

TWO

 This one is in response to Wednesday’s Wine Wednesday – the health benefits post.

“You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the article you write.
The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as
you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. Always go after your heart.”

Well, I’m so glad that spambot sees the enthusiasm in my post and “always go after your heart” is actually pretty decent advice.  But, who the heck is “the arena?”

THREE

This awesome comment came on my Savannah recap post.

“Wonderful article! We are linking too this particularly great post on ouur website.
Keep up the good writing.”

Hey, thanks! Now, it’s your turn to try some great writing because I’m pretty sure you failed spelling.  Ouur. Really? And don’t get me started on the whole “to, too, two” thing!

FOUR

 This one came is in response to my Tapering, Still CrossFitting, and the very best cookie bars in the history of the world. Ever. post.

“When some one searches for his important thing,accordingly he/she wishes to be available that among elaborate,whereupon that thing is maintained over here.”

I don’t even know. Are the cookie bars the important thing?

FIVE

 This one is also in response to my Hearty Italian Sausage and Potato Skillet post. Apparently, that post was very popular amongst the spambots! Hopefully, whomever was cooking did a good job. ;)

“Si, comme Marion Cotillard, vous avez les cheveux bruns fonc��s avec les yeux bleus et un teint clair, vous ��tes sans nul doute une fille de l’��t��. Et si vous avez les cheveux chatains avec des reflets dor��s et des yeux bleus ou noisette, ou si vous ��tes m��tisse, vous ��tes de la m��me typologie. C’est probablement vers cette saison qu’il faut aller chercher les teintes dites froides qui vous mettront en valeur.”

Yeah, I can parlez a little Francais but really? Now you want me to translate?

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And my hair (cheveux) is not brown (bruns) – it’s red. Get it right, spambot.

Talk to me: Bloggers, what’s the strangest spam comment you’ve ever received? Non-bloggers, what’s the strangest spam e-mail you’ve ever received?

- jennifer