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Workouts + Whole30 Prep

Just a couple of quick workout recaps since my last one:

Wednesday: 2.29 miles (12:14 min/mi pace)

Felt great! Started a new week of Couch to 5K workouts. Today’s looked like this:

Brisk warm up walk for five minutes

Run one minute, 30 seconds

Walk one minute, 30 seconds

Run three minutes

Walk three minutes

Repeat

Five minute cool down

Thursday: REST DAY

Friday: 2.18 miles (12:51 min/mi pace)

As they say in Minnesota, “oofta!” My legs were heavy, I felt sluggish and it definitely showed in my pace.

This past weekend, I started prepping to embark on my third Whole30 journey. I’ll be honest right up front that I’m treating this as a Whole30 but I won’t be reading every label, etc like I did with my past Whole30s, so maybe I shouldn’t really call it a Whole30, but it’s just easier to. My first two Whole30s were about determining my food sensitivities and slaying my “sugar demon(s).” This time around it’s really more about eating healthier overall and getting back into a routine of cooking meals again. Ever since we got Charlie’s diagnosis, just over three months ago, I’ve probably cooked five times. We need to stop going out to eat so often.

So on Saturday I went to the grocery store and spent a couple of hours on Pinterest and flipping through Well Fed and Well Fed 2, flagging recipes. On Sunday, I went to Mandy’s house to drink wine and do some cooking, because food prepping is more fun with a friend and wine. #truth

We made some good progress! Here’s what our food prep looked like:

-Roasted sweet potatoes

-Made a batch of Whole30 tuna salad for work lunches (Canned tuna packed in olive oil, onion, parsley, cayenne, chives, homemade olive oil mayo, salt and pepper. Eaten with cucumber slices.)

-Roasted spaghetti squash (will be serving this for dinner this week with the shrimp scampi recipe from Well Fed 2)

-Hard boiled eggs (for snacks)

-Made breakfast hash (sweet potatoes, ground turkey and chicken, apple, onion and spinach — in the mornings all I have to do is fry up an egg in some coconut oil and throw it on top!)

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-Made a batch of olive oil mayo (extra light olive oil, one egg, ground mustard, lemon juice and salt)

-Slow cooked a pork roast for Monday’s dinner (rub consisted of chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, onion powder, parsley and cayenne)

Then on Sunday evening, the hubs and I took advantage of the perfect weather to have a lovely dinner on the W.A. Frost patio. The cheese plate was to die for. And in typical day-before-Whole30 fashion, I went ahead and had bread, dairy, alcohol (sangria) and dessert.

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How was your weekend?

What would be the hardest thing to “give up” if you did a Whole30?

Congratulations to Erin who had an amazing race at Ironman Wisconsin this past weekend!

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Weekly Wednesday Ragnar post: first team meeting!

Lumberjack Heroes had our first team meeting Monday night! We held the meeting at my house and Skyped in Angela (from Houston) and FaceTimed my sister and brother-in-law (from Esko, MN). We’re so technological!

Ragnar has a super detailed and helpful “Race Bible” that we walked through and went over answers to questions some of the first-timers had. We also are pretty sure we’re going with the team name I mentioned earlier — the Lumberjack Heroes! Andrea has already come up with some pretty awesome ways to incorporate the lumberjack theme 🙂

Here’s what I’ve been doing on the workout front lately:

Friday: walked on the treadmill and strength training.

Saturday: warmed up in my Brooks PureFlows by walking one mile and then ran 2.12 miles (all I could make it) in my Mizunos. (9:35 pace)

Sunday: nice and easy five mile run on the treadmill at Lifetime. This might have been my most effortless run ever. (9:58 pace)

Monday: I had “strength and stretching” on my half marathon training schedule today, so after the team meeting ended I popped in the classic Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred DVD and did Level 1 because I was scared. I cooled down with some Athletes’ Guide to Yoga. 212 calories burned — not bad!

I can always count on Jillian to kick my butt.

I can always count on Jillian to kick my butt.

Tuesday: ran 3 miles indoors (windchills were wayyy below zero) at the Metrodome.

Have you guys ever heard of the Sleep Cycle app? I downloaded it a few days ago and tried it for the first time on Monday night. I’ve had sleep issues for years now and only noticed real improvements in my sleep when I did the Whole 30. So now I’m really trying to improve my sleep quality.

It takes a few times using the app to get good data, but here is my graph from my first night:

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Very cool. In addition to the data/graphs, the app keeps track of things like if you drank coffee that day or were stressed out, etc. It’s alarm feature uses I think this will be really helpful the rest of the week for when I have morning workouts planned. I’m also going to try and keep a regular sleep schedule, even on the mornings when I could sleep in.

Does anyone else have sleep issues? How much sleep do you usually get per night?

Recovery + Whole30 week one

Week one of the Whole30 is done! Success!

Sunday I started off the day with brunch with my friend who is also doing the Whole30. I had a Groupon for one of my fave brunch places, but it was much more interesting going there for brunch while on the Whole30! The Groupon included bottomless mimosas or bloodys but we opted for sparkling water. Which cost us extra $$$. Go figure.

YUM!

We got a few groceries (of course) after brunch and then I headed to the gym to walk, stretch and foam roll. The I spent a few minutes in the sauna, a quick rinse off and then headed to my massage appointment.

My husband and I got some more tiles up in the Great Bathroom Remodel project and then I started dinner. I made the Ginger Lime grilled shrimp from Well Fed and some sweet potato “chips.”

Last night I was on Pinterest and was inspired to throw some stuff in my Crock Pot. Based on this recipe, I grabbed some chicken breasts out of the freezer and threw them into the CrockPot, added a can of coconut milk, chicken broth, a garlic clove, diced tomatoes, garlic salt and Italian seasoning. I set it on low before I went to bed and woke up to an amazing smelling house.

This week’s lunches have been a nice break from salads.

Tonight when I got home from another chaotic day at work, I felt like breakfast for dinner — Whole30 style. So again, I consulted Pinterest and made this sweet potato skillet.

(not as pretty as on Pinterest)

It was ground turkey, chopped sweet potato, grated Fuji apple, AllSpice and garlic. Then I cracked four eggs on top and stuck in under the broiler for five minutes. Delicious!

I haven’t run since the 20-miler on Saturday. My legs have felt like lead and to be honest, I’ve just been so drained from work. But I went to a 1.5 mile walk with the dog tonight and I’m determined to get a run in both of the next two days.

Get Ready to Rock 20 mile: race recap

After five days on the Whole30, I can happily say that I slept through the ENTIRE night without waking up once. This does not happen to me. Ever. So this morning, when I woke at 5:55 a.m., a few minutes before my alarm was going to go off, I happily got up and let the dogs out.

Holy moly it was a brisk morning! I immediately began to rethink my race clothing decision (a tank and shorts) and threw on a long sleeve tech tee over my tank, but kept the shorts in favor of crops. I also packed my race chip, bib number, yurbuds, a hat, armwarmers, Jen’s Garmin (thanks, Jen!), my spibelt and the knee strap I bought yesterday (just in case).

Breakfast was coffee and a two-ingredient pancake with two eggs and topped with AB and blueberries. Surprised? 🙂

I left right at 7 a.m. and got to White Bear Lake High School around 7:30. I stayed in my warm car for awhile, decided to lose the long sleeve T and skip the armwarmers and then headed to the start line around 7:50.

I couldn’t find the 3:30 pacer, so I lined up next to the very friendly 3:40 group which ended up being a great decision. After the singing of the National Anthem — we were off!

My pacers were Naomi and Julie and it was their first time pacing, but they did great! The course was a loop through town and then two loops around the lake. It was flat and gorgeous. The houses on the lake were so much fun to look at and the constant changing of scenery kept me distracted. The course was also really well-supported with water and GU right when you needed it. Not many spectators (it was a super small race) and they didn’t shut down all of the roads, but there wasn’t too much traffic, so not a big deal.

(thanks for taking the pic, Naomi!)

No knee issues until around mile ten, but even then it was nothing like last weekend, just more annoying than anything. I’m hoping I can return the knee strap I bought.

Then, I hit my wall at mile 17.5. If it wasn’t for the mini-celebration when we hit mile 18 (yay, Hyedi has never run this far before!) I’m not sure I would’ve gotten to the finish. And while I had the energy and FELT strong, my body was protesting in every way and I felt soreness in places I had never been sore before. But I crossed the finish line in 3:36 and I still kind of can’t believe I ran that far. I’m not sure that I have another one of those in my before the marathon (I wasn’t planning on running any other 20+ long runs) but I know it would be a good idea because those last six miles are gonna be TOUGH.

I told my husband to skip this race and to stay home to work on the bathroom remodel project he/we have going on, so that meant driving myself home. Booooooo. I made us baked portabella mushrooms from a recipe I found on Pinterest and cut up some avocado and heated up leftover roasted sweet potato to go with it. Then, it was time for a nap — but my sore legs were too distracting to sleep. So I decided to roll, ice and now I’m blogging.

Hope everyone has a fun Saturday night! I have a feeling mine will be pretty low key 🙂

Whole30 eats: day 5

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Payday meant a trip to TJs and Whole Foods!

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Onions sauteeing in coconut oil.

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Mmm chocolate chili. You wish you could smell my house right now.

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Cocoa roasted cauliflower. Notice a theme in tonight’s dinner?

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Whipped up a batch of homemade olive oil mayo. And it turned out!!

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Grassfed beef on sale at Whole Foods! Today only. Apparently a local WF ran out of 800 lbs by 5 p.m.!

Night, all! Bed early to race 20 miles in the morning!

Get Ready to Rock!

Tomorrow I’m running the Get Ready to Rock 20 Miler! I’m super excited about this race, it sounds like it’s a good one — good course support and well organized. I’ve also decided to run with a pacer but haven’t decided which one yet 🙂

Whole30 eats yesterday:

Breakfast: 2-ingredient pancake with two eggs instead of one and topped with almond butter and blueberries, and coffee

(I’ve perfected this. Isn’t that beautiful?)

Snack: a Primal Pacs small pac

(these are awesome!)

Lunch: salad with spinach and mixed greens, veggies and chicken breast and balsamic vinegar and EVOO.

Snack: one hard boiled egg

Dinner: went out for happy hour with friends. Drank water and ordered the hamburger without a bun and fruit instead of fries.

Snack: grapes from my CSA and a SeaSnax pack!

I got these SeaSnax with a Groupon and they were super cheap. I’d been wanting to try them so it worked out perfectly!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Little victories

I’m almost done with Day 3 of the Whole30 and I have to say that it’s been MUCH easier this time around! AND I’m happy to say that I had energy to get my 7 mile run in tonight and that was NOT possible during the first week of my first Whole30.

Todays eats:

-Breakfast: 2-ingredient pancake (with two eggs instead of one) and a cup of coffee

-“Snack:” Peppermint tea

-Lunch: spinach and mixed greens salad with chicken breast, orange bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, yellow squash and olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

-Pre-run snack: 2 hard-boiled eggs with salt and pepper

-Dinner: grilled salmon, broccoli and a mashed up sweet potato

My willpower was tested when my boss suggested a quick trip to IKEA this afternoon for frozen yogurt. I tagged along but just got a cup of coffee. Little victories!

Tonight’s weather was simply amazing. I’m LOVING the fall-like temps. I ran the 2.3 miles to the gym, ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill and then ran home. I can’t believe how dark it was already getting once I got home! Overall the run went pretty well but my left knee is still bothering me. It’s not painful or sore, but I notice it. Debating whether or not to run tomorrow or take two days off before my 20 mile race on Saturday.

If you live in the Twin Cities, I hope you were able to take advantage of the glorious weather and got a run in tonight!