Link Lovin Friday

Good Morning! How was your week? I  am not sure why, but this might have been the longest week of my life! That’s not to say it was bad, it just felt long. Is anyone else ready for the weekend?

As I composed this week’s Five Things Friday post, I realized it was turning into one long list of links to things I loved throughout the week. Instead of forcing a Five Things Friday post, I figured, why not just share things that captured my interest?

I hope you find some fun content to check out throughout the weekend!

Links I Loved

The Roosevelt’s

Any fellow super nerds out there also loving watching PBS’ feature on Franklin and Teddy Roosevelt which premiered this past Sunday? They were truly a force to be reckoned with! Teddy Roosevelt’s biography has long been on my “To Read” list on Good Reads.

Another Mother Runner’s Kara Goucher Podcast Interview

Ok, I know I am a super kara fangirl and all, but after listening to Another Mother Runner’s interview of Kara Goucher on my morning walk Tuesday, I adore her more than ever. I may not be an Olympian, or one of the best runners in the entire USA, but listening to Kara talk, I feel like I relate to her more than ever, even after reading her book!

Dear Kara, can be be best friends forever and have friendship bracelets? Ok Thanks.

Teddy Roosevelt Would Never Get Elected in 2014

Empty the Tank via @ The Lean Green Bean!

The Running Thief

27 Tips For A Good Race Day Photo via the Lean Green Bean

I am notorious for truly horrid, awful race photos!

And of Course!, The Week In Fitness

Friday: 6 miles easy @ 8:19 average pace, abs

Thursday: 7 miles @ 7:53 average pace

Wednesday: 5 miles easy @ 8:19, core

Tuesday: Off!

Monday: 5 miles easy, abs

Sunday: 10 miles easy pace, 5 miles w/ hills 8:27 average pace, 5 miles flat 8:12 average pace

Hello cold front! The 62 degree temperatures turned my planned easy 8 miles into 10, gotta love when that happens!

Saturday: 60 minutes elliptical, arms

Are you a history nerd? Are you a history lover who is not a nerd :)?

Are you a fangirl of anyone?

Kara, Shakira, Katy Perry, Brooklyn Decker – Basically I want to be all of them

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Red Curry and Chili Mahi Salad

I like salads. A lot.

Confession: Sometimes I feel judged by my love of salads. Because I enjoy them so much and they are so easy to prepare on the weekends and bring to work, I eat them often causing people to make comments such “Well you don’t eat carbs” as I pull a tupperware of lentils out of my lunch bag…

My love of salads boils down to this: they are the perfectly acceptable way to eat every single things you are craving at any given moment into one bowl and on meal. I mean, who wouldn’t love that! As you might then imagine, there is not often much rhyme or reason to my salads. While I adore ordering a composed, themed salad at at restaurant, where each flavor and element plays off of one another and creates a sensory heaven, my salads tend to fit the description of “yummy hodgepodge.”

Yummy hodgepodges aside, this past weekend I was craving a delicious salad, and was inspired to play off my current love, red curry paste, and the overflowing Thai basil in my living room to create a composed, and incredible meal.

Red Curry & Chili Mahi Salad

The result was this Red Curry and Chili Mahi Salad. Red Curry paste is my semi-new found love. It’s savory, almost umami sensation is the ultimate comfort, and plays nicely with lime and the always loved peanut. Mahi, one of my favorite fish gives the salad a hearty and fresh alternative to beans, chicken, or a more generic protein. Finally, the Thais Basil finishes the dish with just a slight hint of sweetness. I hope this salad makes a rainy Saturday as special as it made mine!

IMG_4755[1] Hands on Time: 30 minutes        Total Time: 30 minutes       Serves: 1

Ingredients:

Fish:

  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • Soy sauce
  • Pepper
  • 4 oz Mahi Mahi

Salad:

  • mixed greens
  • 1/4 c thinly sliced or matchstick carrots
  • 1/3 c thinly sliced squash
  • 1/3 c sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 c cooked green beans
  • 1/4 c thinly sliced red onion
  • Thai basil

Dressing:

  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp red curry paste
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • small lime wedge
  • 1/2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • water (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400.  Season fish with a dash of soy sauce, one lime wedge, salt and pepper. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes when tested with a fork.

Meanwhile, combine salad ingredients in a large, shallow bowl.

In a small bowl, thoroughly mix all dressing ingredients and adjust to taste. You may want to add a scant amount of water to reach desired consistency.

Place cooked fish over salad, top with dressing, and basil.

Enjoy!

Are you a “kitchen skink” kind of salad maker or a recipe salad maker?

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Scenes From the Weekend

Good Monday morn to you! I hope your weekend was wonderful. After one busy week, I was quite pleased to enjoy a relaxed weekend with nothing more than the “usual” time with friends, football, and church.

…When that is considered a typical weekend, your life just can’t be that bad can it? ;) Often when I find myself with a free weekend, I plan to accomplish a litany of tasks that while not unpleasant, aren’t particularly fun, aka, chores and errands. Well, for once, I did some, woo!

But Fridays are not for chores, Fridays are for fryo (everyone knows that).You all know that I love froyo, but, well, I might have a bit of a problem….

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Saturday was an all around dreary day. The morning’s misty rain was the perfect reason to forgo a run for some time on the dreaded elliptical and weights

IMG_4756[1] Ok, so I really don’t hate them, they make me feel strong :)

I am seriously considering holding a garage sale and selling everything I own and replacing it with Frozen everything.

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Icky days just mean lunch need to be extra delicious right?

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Question for my fellow SEC transplants, while it is lovely that we have our own SEC network now, (I’ll give or take Tebow) is anyone else having a difficult time finding sports bars playing the new network? I may live in ACC territory now, but Florida, Kentucky is no small game! It took four tries for my friends and I to find a place to watch our Gators beat Kentucky for the 28th time in a row… Go Gators!

Sunday morning I awoke to the best thing in the whole wide world…. 62 degree temperatures! I planned to run  an easy pace on hills for 7-8 miles, but ended up running 5 on hills around an 8:30 pace, and 5 on flat around an 8:10 pace for a total of 10.

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After scarfing down breakfast, it was off to church, and chores chores chores! I now have mopped floors for the first time in…… well, I’ll keep that to myself just in case my mother is reading ;)

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I rounded out the weekend with a Sunday night dinner using the last of summer’s sweet yellow squash and zucchini with Turkey Quinoa Meatballs over summer squash noodles!

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Did you have a busy weekend?

When was the last time you were on the elliptical?

What is your favorite mug? (Yes as in coffee)

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Five Things Friday

Weee it’s Friday! Last week may have been short, but does anyone else feel like we made up for it this week? Luckily today is Friday and we have the Whoooleee weekend ahead of us!

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First, Recipe Lovin

fish-sticks-pineapple-ketchup-ck-l Source  (MUCH more attractive then my attempts)

As I confessed on Wednesday, I have been all about falling in love with meals and re-making them over, and over and over again. This recipe from Cooking light for Crispy Fish Sticks (no Pineapple Ketchup) has graced my table 4 TIMES this week. I blame my excess on the fact that I never ate fish sticks growing up, and I am just catching up on their deliciousness ;)

Second, The Best Time of the Year Baby!

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COOLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK!!!!

Is this insert into Five Things Friday two weeks late? Yes, but  let’s be honest, this week, we are finally into the swing of things now that games begin to get serious. I am sorry if you don’t agree, but there is is just nothing better then Saturday college football, friends, and tailgates. If you have never experienced the glory of college gameday, I urge you to add it to your bucket list!

On that note…

Third, Compound Exercises

Gina, aka, The Fitnessista posted a timely blog this week on compound exercises. When I was recovering from my stress fracture, compound exercises, exercises working two parts of your body at once such as lunges with a bicep curl, were a huge part of my recovery.

Not only did compound exercises allow me to make my time-pressed early morning workouts more impactful, but they were fun! The best part is that they take into account my weaknesses, strengthening other parts of my body then arms, back, and core.

This week I added Gina’s Summer Shape Up 2014 Week 2 into my workouts and absolutely adored it! In the ongoing war to stave off injury, I am all about riding that compound exercise train! Please share if you have any that you like!

Fourth, Links I loved

18 Things I Really (Really!) Wish I’d Known In My 20s

Normally, I kind of hate these list thingy ma bobbers, but these 18 points are, in my opinion, poignant.

Millennial’s’ bad habits: Coffee, burgers and booze

15 Pieces of Semi-Wisdom from My First 100-Miler

Clearly I am no Ultra Runner, but this witty piece was written based on the Umstead 100, aka, my back yard!

Finally, The Week In Fitness

Friday: 6 miles easy @ 8:19 average pace, abs

Thursday: 7 miles @ 7:53 average pace

Wednesday: 5 miles easy @ 8:19, core

Tuesday: 6 miles easy @ 8:19, 2 rounds of Summer Shape Up

Monday: 7 miles 1 @ 8:19, 3 sets of 5 minutes @ 7:24 5 minutes @ 8:19, 1 mile @ 7:24 1 miles @ 8:19, abs

Sunday: Skipped for a 1.5 hour walk

I woke up to noticeable hamstring tightness, something I felt creeping up Saturday, and decided to go for a walk instead of run or elliptical. Hamstring pain is something I’ve never felt before, and do not want to mess around with!

Saturday: 7 hilly, hilly miles 7:53 average pace

Hello confidence booster!

Are you excited for college football?

What ridiculous object have you found yourself ridiculously excited over that other’s find thoroughly ridiculous?

Did anyone watch the Biggest Loser Premier? Thought?

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Cauliflower n Cheese with Chicken

Mac n Cheese mmmmmmmmm

I am one weird girl when it comes to mac n cheese. I have a highly refined palate, hence, there is only one type of macaroni and cheese this girl likes. You can keep your Great, Great, Great Grandma’s baked macaroni and cheese with breadcrumbs, I’ll be enjoying my Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with it’s cheese-like sauce, oozing from a questionable looking silver packet!

Gross? Maybe, but I love it. To me, the glory that is mac n cheese is in the cheese sauce, not the macaroni. In last week’s Five Things Friday, I mentioned that I had been keeping a secret from you, for weeks now I have been eating the most incredible Cauliflower n Cheese with Chicken at least one a week and not sharing the recipe!

Cauliflower n Cheese

The reason I hoarded this gooey goodness? The recipe called for Shiritaki noodles and Cauliflower, not pasta, and I was ashamed of that. One glance at my Recipe page, and it’s very apparent I love my pasta, but this recipe is all about the sauce!

The traditional Japanese noodles and cauliflower serve as the perfect mild accompaniment to the rich, creamy sauce.

The bonus? It’s easy and healthy!

So if you are in the mood for mac n cheese, but not in the mood to go through the hassle of an elaborate, lengthy,  recipe that frankly is not so great for you, this recipe is your perfect match! Enjoy!

CC2                                                   Serves: 1          Hands On Time: 30 minutes           Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Shiritaki noodles
  • 1-2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 2 tbs pumpkin
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp heavy cream*
  • 1 tsp stone ground mustard
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 3 tbs finely grated parmesan
  • 3 oz shredded chicken

Instructions:

Thoroughly rinse noodles with hot water in a colander. Microwave cauliflower 2 minutes or until just tender. Combine noodles and cauliflower in a shallow bowl, set aside.

Preheat pan coated in olive oil over medium heat.

Mince one garlic clove, crush the second, place in a small bowl. Add milk, pumpkin, salt, pepper, cream, mustard and corn starch in the bowl, mix thoroughly with a fork until smooth.

Add mixture to pan, cooking until hot, approximately 2-3 minutes. Gradually stir in cheese until melted. Add chicken and stir until warm.

Pour sauce over noodles and cauliflower, toss and enjoy!

*Heavy Cream Optional but recommended

Blue Box or Homemade?

With the rare exception, this recipe being one of them… Blue Box all the way!

Do you have a healthy mac n cheese recipe to share?

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How to Overcome Crap Runs

Good Monday Morning to you friends. How was your weekend? Was it relaxing? Did anything exciting happen?

This morning I want to talk about one topic that for better or worse, never seems to get old when you are a runner.

Overcoming Crap Runs

Elegant title no? Well, if you have yet to figure it out for yourself it’s not a particularly elegant topic.

We all know that occasionally some runs suck. With time and with continued dedication, we learn that while some runs suck, some runs are wonderful, and that for all of the analyzing and over analyzing of our everything from our diet, to sleep, to our GI, when we examine the big picture, there is only so much we can control to make our runs great.

But what about when it is not just one run that sucks, but two, or three, or even two weeks?

That is when things get tough. Why?

Because when running feels difficult for an extended period of time, it troubles us on a far more serious level than our lungs and legs, it troubles our minds. If you have been following CCR, you have heard me preach many times, that running is 70% mental. A series of poor running affects that 70% most deeply. It shakes our confidence in ourselves and our capabilities.

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This is the part where I am supposed to tell you that keeping a training log that tracks your runs, sleep, pace and effort is critical.

By reviewing your log and all of your accomplishments:

  1. You remind your confidence of all of the incredible runs you have had and that you are capable.
  2. You may be able to pin point fluctuations and changes that have caused your slump.

Thing is, I am a bad runner and don’t keep one of these logs.

 

The one tenant I can always come back to is consistency

No matter how hard, how sweaty, how many pit stops, if I got out there and like my favorite quote says, “Just Freaking Ran” then I won. I beat myself, and I beat failure and I beat defeat.

Isn’t that what makes us successful at anything in life? Hard work and effort. We might fail at almost everything we try, but true failure is in not getting back out there any trying the next day.

How do you deal with a series of crappy runs?

Do you follow a training plan?

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