Category Archives: Track Workout

The Good Ole Days

Believe it or not, I have been snapping pictures and writing posts in my head…but not getting to the point where it ends up here. When I look through my photos for a few to add up, there are just too many options now….

For example: Brent has been stopping at every Sears, Home Depot and Lowes that he can find just to take a look at the lawn mowers they have. He is DYING for a man mower. I always joke with him and tell him that we are going to get him an old school push mower with the rotating wheel, like my grandfather used to cut his lawn with. He gets frustrated, I laugh and we usually walk away from the mowers.

Well, this weekend we headed over to the house to do some work and cut the lawn. Brent went into the shed and pulled out the gas powered mower that hasn’t been started up for over two years. In fear of a catastrophe, he discovered another option. The old school mower…And that is what her used.

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How fantastic is that. Those little guys actually work really well.

The Workout

Last night Maggie and I headed to our old high school to do a sprint workout. I am in the middle of training for my second half marathon and really feel like I need some work on the speed aspect of it. Unfortunately, that also means that some hill sprints will be making it into the mix.

As we were jogging around for our warm up, we were chatting about all of the games that we had played on this field and how in shape we once were. Even the smell of the turf field brought back some serious memories.

We warmed up with a mile run and then set ourselves up for some sprints on the turf. The workout ended up being:

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It was really the first time that I had SPRINTED since I played field hockey in college….which has been a little while. My body was definitely not used to going all out but it felt great to floor it.

You forget how long 100 yards is though…The cone we set at 25 yards…

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After the sprints we cooled down in another two laps and went home for some dinner.

This Morning

This morning has been crazy already. I ate some peanut butter and honey on toast, started reviewing some contracts for work and need to get out the door to drive to Cape Cod for a meeting.

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After the meeting, I am driving back any getting on the road for a 15 hour drive to Michigan! A much needed little vacation to hang out with Brent’s parents.

Off to get the day going!

Do you have any places that bring you back to the good ole days?? What brings you back?? A smell?? The feel??

 

Apple Quinoa and Interval Track Workout

Thursday, mer. For some reason I feel like Thursdays are the longest days of the week. Jumping out of bed…probably not going to happen on a Thursday. And, well, it just didn’t happen today. I woke up and just zombied my way into the kitchen to fire up the coffee pot. THAT, was when I realized that a few days ago my aunt had sent me a yummy looking breakfast recipe. I had printed it out, and shoved it in my bag to remind me that apples needed to be purchased. They were purchased, and this morning was the morning to give it a try.

It is a Sweet Apple Quinoa and it was a really different take on it than I have had before. I changed it up a bit from the original, because I wanted to make it Vegan friendly and I don’t really think that any recipe is ever finished. You can always give them a little tweek.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Uncooked Quinoa 1 Teaspoon Vegan Butter
1/2 Apple, Chopped 3/4 Cup of Water
Pinch of Cinnamon 1 Tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Almond Milk

Directions:

1. Rinse the Quinoa. Then, in a small saucepan, heat up 3/4 Cup of water with the Quinoa. Bring it to a boil for a minute, then reduce the heat to a simmer for 5-10 minutes. When the quinoa shows a little tail at the end of each piece, it is done.

2. Heat up a skillet and melt the butter. Add the apples to the skillet and cook them until they are at the desired texture. I really gave them a good cooking 🙂

3. Once the Quinoa is done cooking, mix in the brown sugar, milk, and cinnamon. Then stir in the apples and Bon Apetit!

While I was cooking this up, I looked down at the puppies. They literally sit right in front of the stove whenever I am making something. I thought the Oreo looked particularly cute and wanted to snap a picture to share. Apparently the flash was a bit too bright for Oreo’s eyes this morning:

Too Bright!!! Come on…she’s kind of cute…

After coming home, STARVING because I hadn’t eaten lunch the past two days in the office, I decided to pack myself a little snack and lunch. Whenever I am really looking for something to snack on when I’m on the road, I stop at Publix and grab one of the hummus and flat pretzel packs they have there. I absolutely love them because they are extremely portable and a healthy snack. They fill you up, and you don’t feel bad about what you just did afterwards. Unfortunately, I didn’t have one sitting around, so I just made my own!

It’s my favorite snack. Better than chips, but you still get that great chip crunch. And the hummus flavor you can change up all the time. This was a Red Pepper Hummus.

On the hummus roll (I really like hummus if you couldn’t tell already) I made an easy Veggie sandwich with a Garlic Hummus. I piled on some green peppers and sprouts on a honey wheat english muffin. Delish.

These two little meals really got me through the day. BUT, I was still planning on how I was going to dress up the leftover pasta from last night. I mean, I do have 3/4 of a pound of pasta sitting in my fridge and you can only have so much before you are all fed up. So what I did was, cook up some crumbles (fake red meat that I think is better than ground beef), some leftover red sauce from my experimenting with red sauce the other week, goat cheese, and parmesan cheese. IT was MOUTH WATERING. The leftover red sauce is very garlic and full of flavor. The goat cheese really played off the flavor perfectly.

I know it might not look all the full of yum, but I was really in love with the flavor. For desert, I may have eaten 4 too many cookies. Don’t do it. It’s not worth it.

To finish up the day, and to digest some of those cookies, whoops, I headed out to the high school track. I wanted to get in a quick workout before it got dark, but it needed to count. This Interval Track Workout will do just that. You will run a little over 2 miles and be exhausted by the end of it.

It’s a great workout to rev the metabolism and it’s a quick one. You can really get through this in 25 minutes. It’s a nice way to mix up the treadmill workouts and long distance runs.

I really want to give this Body Pump class a go. That is the next thing on the workout To-DO list.It’s a great workout to rev the metabolism and it’s a quick one. You can really get through this in 25 minutes. It’s a nice way to mix up the treadmill workouts and long distance runs.