Paleo Burgers, Running and Leg Circuit work out!

The weather here just keeps on improving and by the end of the week it’s supposed to be in the 80s.. what SEATTE?!

Sunny weather makes me only want to use my BBQ! and even though it’s still isn’t hot out, I would much rather take advantage of the sunny evenings then be stuck in the kitchen.

Last nights dinner was inspired by paleoOMG, I absolutely love her site and reference it daily.

BRING ON… PALEO Chile-Cilantro Burgers with Grilled Pineapple, Red Bell Peppers, Onions, and Avocado Cream with Charred Broccoli and Grilled Chile-Lime Sweet Potato Wedges!

My Ingredients: Organic Beef, Garlic, Cilantro, Pineapple(yes i was too lazy to cut my own), Avocado, Lime, Bell Pepper, Sweet Potato - Not shown: chile powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, olive oil, sriracha, cinnamon, cumin

My Ingredients: Organic Beef, Garlic, Cilantro, Pineapple(yes i was too lazy to cut my own), Avocado, Lime, Bell Pepper, Sweet Potato – Not shown: chile powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, olive oil, sriracha, cinnamon, cumin

The finished product, so delicious and so paleo!

The finished product, so delicious and so paleo!

To get my 75 squats done yesterday I decided to break them up and do them in a circuit with other exercises.

25, 20, 15, 10, 5 – leg press (adding weight each round)
15, 15, 15, 15, 15 – assisted barbell squats with 90lbs (75 total!)
10, 10, 10, 10, 10 – barbell deadlifts

I also did a 2nd circuit for calves and abs
50, 40, 30, 20,10 seated incline calf raises, increasing weight each round
25, 25, 25, 25, 25 incline reverse crunches for the first 3 rounds and hanging vertical crunches for the last 2 rounds
and then finished with 5 sets of 15 alternating abductor/adductor machine

Was a quick but deadly 45 min work out and my hips and hamstrings are the most sore.

This morning was a run day so I started with a warm up of 80 squats broken up into 20 different types of squats (narrow, wide, barbell, seated) and then 3 sets of 15 of the abductor/adductor machine and then 4.5 mile run outside with negative splits. Started around 8:50 for the first 2.5 miles and then increased my speed to 7:50 for the last 1.5 miles.

Tomorrow is a busy day. I have my trainer in the morning for strength and then going to a wednesday night track workout (5 x 1000meters alternating between slow and fast) with a 600m recovery jog. I’m hoping to not miss my thursday work out but depending on how sore/tired I am I might just focus on core and stretching on Thursday.

Tonight for dinner my girlfriends and I put together a huge salad bar and mixed our own salads. I forgot how fun it can be to make your own salad. Definitely a good way to turn a borning/healthy salad for dinner into an exciting meal. My salad was a mix of arugula, spinach, chicken, toasted almonds, goat cheese, avocado, boiled egg, roasted red peppers and dried cherries drizzled with garlic oil and balsamic vinegar. So good and still so full! Wish I would have remembered to take pictures.. it was a pretty good set up for a make at home salad bar!

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Napa Pictures, My weekend and Goals for next week.

To start, here are few photos from my trip to Napa that I promised last week. 🙂

Bounty Hunter BBQ, Platter was way too big for 2 of us!

Bounty Hunter BBQ, Platter was way too big for 2 of us!

Ad Hoc Rainbow Salad

Ad Hoc Rainbow Salad

Thomas Keller's Ad hoc! Braised Short Ribs, so good!

Thomas Keller’s Ad hoc! Braised Short Ribs, so good!

Bouchon Bakery. Fresh Blueberry Muffin.

Bouchon Bakery. Fresh Blueberry Muffin.

Bouchon!! Really delicious Chicken.

Bouchon!! Really delicious Chicken.


Right on the side of the road at 6am on my way to the race. So pretty!

Right on the side of the road at 6am on my way to the race. So pretty!

Race time!

Race time!

Finisher's Medal 1:50:00.. New PR!!

Finisher’s Medal 1:50:00.. New PR!!







Of course like always I was hoping to post a little sooner, but my job is just so crazy right now I hardly have time for anything else. It was pretty nice here last week so I took advantage of the evenings and hung out with friends and ran.


On Wednesday I decided to start the 30 day squat challenge. I wanted to post so you guys could do it with me, but you should still start. You’ll just either need to add in some extra squats to be done on May 23rd or finish a little after me. I decided to take photos so I can hopefully see if all of these squats make a difference. I know at the very least they will help my running, because squats are the one thing I never do enough of in my training. Today, I did my 70 squats while catching up on last week’s American Idol, but tomorrow I’ll do the 75 in the gym with weights. Mondays are my leg days anyways so I’ll just incorporate it into my workout some how. The rest of the days I’ve been doing the squats as my warm-up instead of doing cardio. Feel free to join in, lets shape those booty’s just in time for summer!

This weekend I decided to finally try out running with a running group. I get nervous trying something new, but I hate always running by myself and its time I start hanging out with other runner’s if I want to continue to run. I am so happy I went. The run was a pretty easy 7 miles with a couple of big hills. I found a couple of ladies that had similar pace as me and we were able to talk most of the run which made it go by super fast and I learned a lot while I was running. I am now not as scared and want to go to the track workouts that are on Wednesday nights so I can work on improving my speed. I think it’s exactly what I need to improve my running and work on my PR.

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With my boyfriend out of town, the weekends can go by really slow so this weekend I decided to do a little house re-organizing. I’m so happy I did. My house feels more like a home now and it helped made the time go by fast.

This week is another busy one for so I’m sure it’ll go by pretty fast. I can’t believe it’s almost May. I really want to do another whole30 or cleanse for May to get ready for the summer, just haven’t decided what to do and what I’ll be able to do with all food tastings I’ll have for the new restaurant we are opening.

My goals for the week are:
1. To not miss a workout (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
2. To not miss a run (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
3. Eat Clean: No gluten, sugar, dairy
4. Do my daily squats for the 30 day challenge
5. Take my dog on at least 2 walks
6. Go to bed before 11
7. 3 Blog Post! 🙂
8. Smile and Enjoy every day!

Napa Valley

I’m on my way home from a successful trip to Napa Valley. The half marathon went well overall, but there were moments that I know if I had trained better it would have felt better. The first 5 miles, my body thought I was going too fast and I struggled with shin plints and controlling my breathing. I kept up the pace though through mile 9 and from mile 5 to 9 I was able to control my breathing and forget about the shin plints. At mile 9 though I took a turn for the worse. I noticed I was feeling lathargic and my arms were feeling very heavy and I could feel my blood pulsing in my hands and realized I was almost going to pass out. So I slowed my pace way down and focused on getting through the heat and really listening to what my body was telling me. At the next water station I drank some water and walked for a few seconds and was able to reset to finish the last 4 miles.

I finished 1:50:00 and was at a 7:53 pace for the first 9 miles and then had to slow down to about a 8:45 pace. For my next half marathon in June I would like to train to accomplish a current 7:50 pace for the whole race. I think I know what I need to do to accomplish that. I’m excited for this race season and too see what pace I’ll be at for the NYC Marathon this fall.

Besides the marathon my time in Napa was spent with a co worker doing research and development for our company. Here is a list of the places we went and enjoyed:

  • Bounty Hunter BBQ & Wine Bar
  • Ad Hoc
  • Bouchon Bakery
  • Bouchon Bistro
  • V. Sattuio Winery
  • Oakville Grocery
  • Dean & Deluca

I ate a lot of food that my stomach doesn’t agree with or is not something on my diet, but I got through it alright, can definitely feel the affects of the food now. As much as I love bread, dairy, grains and sugar – my body sure does not and is craving a clean paleo diet right now. That will be my focus this week and without getting on a scale, I can tell I have some toning to do which will probably result in losing a few extra lbs I put on this weekend.

I’m excited to get back in the gym and figure out my training plan for my next half marathon that is 9 weeks away!

Happy Monday!!

p.s. i’ll post photos soon of napa, just can’t do it from the airplane. 

One More Week.

My life has been busy busy busy. The days and months just skip by without me even noticing. I’ll think I just finishing working on a project and see that the last time it was opened was 2 weeks ago. I swear it was just march and I blinked and we are half way through April.

Work is still going great. Been working on all of the spring changes for the restaurants along with an opening of a new restaurant and and a few other projects. I’ve been consistent with my workouts and runs and my diet has been okay, but could be much better.

I love the spring for so many reasons, but mainly because all my favorite produce comes back in season and just gets better through the summer. And it’s time to focus on good produce and get ready for bikini season. 🙂

This weekend I’ll be in napa valley to run my first half marathon of the year. I’m ready to start racing again and I’m hoping it will provide some much needed motivation to get kick start my running season. I haven’t ran more than 10 miles since I completely the marathon back in November and I’m ready to start logging some more miles!

Back when I started this blog, I was juicing a lot and when I learned about paleo, juicing was put on the back burner, but I see the benefits in both juicing and eating whole foods so I’d like to incorporate both into my spring diet.

So here is today’s juice recipe:


Fruity Greens
1/2 pineapple
1/2 sweet potato
2 apples
2 celery
1/2 cucumber
1 bunch Italian kale (provides the best juice)
1 handful strawberries

It made 28oz of juice and I drank it along with my paleo-friendly steak, eggs, & sweet potato hash. Hash is a great way to eat left overs for breakfast. And a great post work out meal if you workout in the mornings.

I hope to most more often. I hope not to blink and have another month go by. It is after all the season to eat clean, train mean, and live lean.

Lets enjoy spring together!

**Update** I wrote this post this morning and am just not getting around to posting it. I wrote it before the terror attacks on the Boston Marathon. As a fellow runner, my heart goes out to all of those affected by the explosions and all those who trained so hard to have it cut short at the end. I can only imagine how awful and scary that must have been. Having run a marathon before, I know how emotionally and physically tired you are as you near the finish line and too have something as horrific as the explosions interrupt is seriously horrible to even think about. I’m praying for the families who lost love ones, for the injured runners and spectators, and for all marathon runners who were affected by this, including those not in Boston. 

Striving for better

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I’m so close to running my first half. I can’t lose momentum now. Work is crazy busy, life seems to be just as crazy and working out as taken a back seat this week. I noticed the immediate difference when I don’t allow time for a run or workout. I need to stop giving up, stop resetting and put the focus on what makes me the happiest.

I’m running 10-12 this weekend and will be my last long run before the Napa Valley half. I’m excited for this half and hope it’s the exact motivation I need to kick start my training season and make working out a focus again.

Happy Friday! Don’t give up, Don’t reset. Time to refocus.