Gopher Attack Half Marathon

ImageHappy Easter! Wow! We did it. The first half marathon of the year has finally come, and passed. Grey Robin, G and I travelled to Regina on thursday afternoon to prepare for our race the next day. G and I were running the half marathon (21.1km) [G's FIRST half marathon], and Grey Robin was running her first full marathon (42.2km). I am beyond thrilled with how G and Grey Robin did! As for myself, this was a personal WORST for time, but we were batteling 50km/hr headwinds as well as rain/freezing rain. I used muscles I didn’t even know existed getting through the wind. By about 16km I had severe shooting pains in my right knee-which was strange since I didn’t have any injury issues during training-I think it may have been due to the extra effort needed to battle the wind. I ended up finnishing in 2:58. VERY SLOW, but I am still SO proud. My goal was soley to finish, and in those conditions it was incredibly hard. I am so proud of myself mentally. I didn’t hit a wall, or ever feel like I couldn’t do it. I was optimistic through the entire race. Yay! The mental battle is always harder than the physical battle for me. I actually starting ugly crying as I crossed the finish line because I was so proud. We didn’t end up getting a group picture, but G and I snapped a selfie quickly before starting…I was so lucky to be able to run the first half with the love of my life.

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While I am sick now with a throat/chest viral thing, I am already getting excited for my next race-hopefully May? I just NEED to kick the bad time in the butt!

Note: I didnt get to see Grey Robin cross the finish line….devestating or what?! I had to go to the washroom and held it for so long and when I finally decided to go was when she came in. DARN IT! 

Race Jitters!

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Well, time is beginning to escape me! ONLY ELEVEN DAYS until the first half marathon of the season. I have one more long run and the a week of rest. My long run last week went exceptionally well thanks to some fantastic friends. I had one friend join me for the first 10km, and the second friend joined in at about 7km for 6km which brought me up to 13km total with friends. I was then on my own to run home after dropping off friend #2 at her car. My watch malfunctioned for about 1.5-2km, so I ended up running somewhere between 17.25 and 17.75 km total. I felt great through the entire run, and I think I have finally mastered fueling! This was an afternoon run, so I was able to sleep in a bit and then I enjoyed some delicious Coach’s Oats- Oh She Glows Cookbook Apple Pie style!=) [I loveeeeee cooked apple dishes since I am allergic to raw ones.] If you haven’t tried Coach’s Oats, DO IT. I found them at costco and they aren’t rolled oats (no gluten)…rather unprocessed oats! Healthier and they cook in just a few more minutes!

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I ate these about 3-4 hours before the run topped with drippy almond butter, maple syrup, shredded coconut and sunflower seeds on top! YUM. I drank 2 litres of water + 1.5 Nuun tablets before the run. As for mid-run fueling, I took a package of watermelon Gu gummies. I also brought some shot blocks just in case but didn’t use them. I drank nuun from the camelback whenever I was thirsty (750ml H20 + 2 Nuun tabs) and started eating gummies at 4.6km. By 15km I had run out of water, but I was close enough to home that it was okay, and I had eaten all my gummies. Zero stomach yuck during or after the run! Sucess! My body felt tired, but no aches or pains. The next couple days I did have some back pain, but I think this is due to my lack of abs and could be easily cured with a massage! Anyways, long winded……I am excited to conquer the first race of the year!

Today I am working a night shift, so I am spending the day making sushi, watching HGTV (the hubbie got suckered into buying cable for 6 months *roll eyes*) and meal planning while waiting for G to get home from his first day at his new job!=)

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I’ve planned our meals for up until race day! Yay!! Trying to plan in some indulgences so that I dont go crazy and eat fast food or something right before the race- healthIER indulgences. 

I go on vacation starting tomorrow morning, so I will be home every day to make food, stretch and do some easy runs. Grocery day is always friday, so I have a ton of freezer stuff to use before then.

Here’s the plan:

Friday- Pad Thai

Saturday- Spaghettie Squash with ground turkey + mushrooms + peppers

Sunday- Marinated Steak (Ive been promising G for weeks) + Strawberry Spinach Salad + Baked Potatoes

Monday- Leftovers + Potato Omelet Breakfast Bites (pinterest) for breakfasts + One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake

Tuesday- Vegan Cheesy Alfredo + GF noodles + Zuchinni

Wednesday- Homemade chicken fingers (crushed rice cereal and spices) + Homemade yam fries + corn

Its all on the up and up from here!! I can’t wait to run this race/prepare for this race as well as watch my husband earn his first half-marathon medal + one of my besties, Grey Robin, earns her first full-marathon medal!

 

Loving Lately

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1. Saskatoon seems to be in spring-mode. The temperatures have been above -1C week. I spent the majority of my 14km run this week dodging puddles! So greatful to be out there pounding the pavement (er…mud) again. My husband is training now too, and it’s pretty fab.

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2. Collective Coffee on 20th street in Saskatoon. Seriously. Drop everything and go RIGHT NOW. This was the best espresso latte I have had so far in my life. Soy, yet so creamy and foamy. Mmmm. I can’t stop thinking about that cup o joe.

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3. Peanut Free Pad Thai. Seriously. In a serious effort to cook more at home on weekends, I made this from a combination of two cook books this week and it was SO good. I will have to make it a few more times before I post a final recipe as I didn’t measure anything. I could go as far to say that I want to eat it on my death bed…along with these:

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4. Homemade Reeses Eggs!! Using almond butter of course. I made 15 3 days ago…..and I only have two left. Oops. Good thing I have been working out a ton! Thank you pinterest. =)

5. Lennon & Maisy. I know, I know. You guys are probably sick of hearing about these youngin’s but every.single.video they post makes my heart sing. Also, I started watching Nashville….and was very pleasantly suprised they play small roles! Yay! Go check out their latest HERE!

 

GF Pumpkin Spice Crepes

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G and I were hungry for some delicious food, and with a bulk package of bacon in the freezer from costco, and a container of homemade pumpkin puree I made in the freezer…I was just itching to make some pumpkin infused breakfast food!

I perused pinterest and found this recipe: http://www.thebakingbeauties.com/2011/10/gluten-free-pumpkin-crepes.html

I adapted it to what I had in the house and what I can actually eat…so here is how I made it…

Makes aprox. 12 crepes

1 1/2 cups Bob Red’s Mill All Purpose Flour

1/2 tsp xanthan Gum

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup home made pumpkin puree (if using canned, Id probably use 3/4 cup as mine is runnier)

1 1/2 cup almond milk + 2 tbsp (again, if using canned pumpking you may need a little more)

2 large eggs

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

Mix all of the ingredients in a stand mixer. Heat non-stick skillet to medium high. Pour 1/3 cup of batter at a time onto skillet, using measuring cup to spread out batter while still liquid. Turn over once bubbles have formed. Fill with coconut-whip and strawberries. I imagine pumpkin pie filling would be AMAZING!

 

Lately

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This week and next I work quite a bit, plus I am taking a two day course so it will be quite hectic. I have been trying to really relish all my free time/husband time and get in a lot of exercise before the chaos begins. [I also got this fun app called 'Over' to add text to my pics...]

I started the week by demolishing these INCREDIBLE gluten free + vegan black bean brownies. I promise you can’t taste the beans… And I may or may not have eaten 11/12 all by myself in 4 days….I made up for it by eating relatively healthy the rest of the time. Lots of smoothies, fish, and avocado(salted).

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I made a seriously delicious cajun fish recipe….I could eat it every single day. I actually might-since I bought a bag of 30 fish fillets from costco. =) I also was working at one of the other ER’s in town, which happens to be just blocks away from my favorite coffee shop in Saskatoon. It has so many beautiful details and some hipster charm. They make the World’s Best London Fog…in my opinion. If you are ever in Saskatoon, check out City Perk!

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I used a late start at work one day as an excuse to take my hubbie for the first time to enjoy  gluten free quiche + almond milk latte (for me) and a strawberry parfait + full fat latte (for G). Ready to go into this busy busy week with healthy food in the fridge, tons of hubbie time spent, and sore muscles from multiple gym days. =) Hopefully I can get a few days in at the gym despite work.

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Work-it

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The weekend was pretty awesome, in all kinds of relaxing and laid back kind of ways…but also in work-out type of ways.

Friday, a friend took me to her gym to teach me some weight lifting/strength training stuff to compliment my running. I left feeling a little discouraged at how weak I was, but ended up relaxing at home and cooking with the hubster the rest of the night.

By Saturday I was feeling sore, but ready to kick some running butt (13km planned). Arrived to the gym(where I renewed my old pass for a month due to the frigid temperatures) to run on the track and realized I had forgotten my watch as well as a sports bra. DERG. Ended up biking for 55 minutes (while reading 14 minutes-the book above) and then doing more strength training for an hour. This was my first time venturing into the mostly-bulky-stinky-male-laden side of the gym and I left feeling very accomplished. My husband ran a half-marathon distance on the track while I did that with Grey Robin. We followed up the gym with dinner at East Side Mario’s-who have an awesome gluten-free menu!

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Today, I had hot yoga planned with a friend as well as getting that missed run in. The friend had to cancel yoga, and I was still sore from the last two days at the gym so I decided to take the day off and post-pone the run to tomorrow before work. I used the day to utterly relax. First we picked up some nuun/gels/bites to restock our stores, then we came home for lunch, napped, and woke up to make Gluten Free Vegan Black Bean Brownies….they were HEAVENLY. Thanks for the recommendation Grey Robin! Spending the night with a slice of gluten free pizza(yes, ill pay for the dairy), a movie and snuggles with my hubbie before a busy week of work and work-outs….I plan to be a gym-rat this month.

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This week I hope to get in a speed run, a slow easy run, as well as two long runs-13km and 14km. I also am planning for hot yoga one morning, and 3 strength training sessions. Hopefully I can stick to this crazy schedule. I want to go into the half marathon next month feeling as strong as possible!=)

Tundra

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To say winter has been kicking our behinds would be in understatement. The last two weeks have been COLD, and it is only expected to get worse. Some places in SK are expected to reach -65C with the windchill this weekend. ==>Insert tears here<==…If you haven’t watched the documentary ‘Chasing Ice’ on netflix….you should now. You will learn so much about global warming and what is causing this crazy weather.

-65?! Is that even POSSIBLE. My brain can’t fathom it. 

I hit up the track at the university and ran a relatively slow 12k on sunday with the hubbie and Grey Robin. I had ate gluten AND dairy the night before, so I really surprised myself by pushing through feeling terrible at the beginning. Ended up being a good run, minus the hamster-wheel insanity. =) I followed that great run by a week of working, but starting to get my healthy eating back on track.

On tuesday, I learned of a new allergy. =( Kiwi. I had been sick a few days previously after eating it and hadn’t clued in, thinking I caught a virus or something. On tuesday, within 5-10 minutes of eating I had a sore itchy mouth and extreme nausea/vomitting/abd pain. Yay. Not. I actually had a break down and just cried. I am pretty sure my husband thought I was insane. The thing is…each new allergy just seems so overwhelming these days. Not because I can’t deal with it, just because I am selfish; why me. The list is SO long now, I sometimes feel like a freak having to explain my allergies to people. Thankfully I have very loving, caring, understanding people in my life.

Today we stocked up at Costco. We had NO groceries…as in…before I went to work wed. night we had 1 lb ground beef, one yam, an onion, and beef broth in the house…all of which I used to make myself a make shift lunch. $320 later, our cupboards don’t seem very full, and I still need to buy real groceries but we are stocked up on some of the ‘lasting’ things. Freezer goods, berries, cereal and what not. 

This week I am planning to get in two long runs hopefully. 13 and 14km respectively. I also am meeting some friends to learn more about strength training as encouraged by my naturopath and purchasing a introductory offer at a local hot yoga place. $40 for an unlimited month! Yay!!! I’ve never done hot yoga…so pray I don’t go syncopal and embarrass myself, haha.

To a week of healthy eating, tons of exercise…and hibernation. Screw you -65C!!