It’s a New Year!!

if not now, when

I can’t believe how much time has past since I’ve lost wrote a blog post. It’s crazy how the time just seems to zip by. I kept wanting too, but it just didn’t feel right to be one of those bloggers that only occasionally and randomly post things. I notice for me want to follow someones blog, I want someone who is consistent. Your basically following there life and when they just stop blogging all of sudden, you begin to wonder what happened to them and it gets annoying to check the blog and still see the same thing you read last month.

So guys.. new years resolution is to bring this blog back into ACTION! And to actually hopefully succeed past my original goals of having a blog. I want to use this blog has a way to reach people and share my passions with food and fitness and health. I hope to inspire others and answer questions. I want to show you that I’m human and I’m not always healthy and things come up and that doesn’t mean you just shut down your blog and not share those things.

So here is to a new year, a new blog and hopefully providing you with a little bit of joy, laughter and information along the way!

Lets start by sharing last years accomplishments in a nut shell.

  • I completed 2 half marathons – one in napa valley and one in seattle
  • I completed 1 full marathon – NYC BABY! Finally after 2 years of dedication, I did it!
  • I traveled to Kauai, Maui, Vegas, Napa Valley and New York City
  • I ran a lot, laughed a lot, cried some, overcame injuries, and learned a lot

I’m sure there is more that happened last year, but frankly I can’t remember and I’m just ready to move forward into this new year!

This year my focus is finding the balance in life. Focusing more on ME and what my loves and passions are. So let’s start by listing them out.

Here are my goals:

  • build an even stronger fitness foundation
  • stay focused and motivated to do more and be more at work
  • eating clean
  • finding the balance in a having a healthy lifestyle
  • growing more in my faith
  • growing more in love with myself and the people in my life
  • to learn something new this year
  • to try something new this year
  • to run more for fun
  • to run somewhere different or new

To start accomplishing these goals I have joined a crossfit gym and am currently taking part in a 60 day fitness/health challenge with a friend who just started her business with beachbody. The challenge is keeping me honest and helping me eat better. I want to see true results this year. I don’t want to yo-yo back in forth between diets or cleanses or eating strict. I want to truly make a lifestyle change that just happens because it’s who I am. We are 9 days in to the new year and I feel like I’ve made a good start.

I think you find that I’ll be talking quite bit about crossfit and the paleo lifestyle. These two seem to go hand in hand, kind of like peanut butter and jelly and it really isn’t just a “fab” or something people do because they think it’s “healthy”. It’s the real deal and I hope over time and through my blog post I can share the facts and the reasons why these two things are things to fall in love with.

Don’t worry I’ll still talk a lot about running I’m sure.. Just hit a hiatus with running since NYC Marathon and I’m trying to get back into, just seeming to have a hard time finding the time and the motivation. But my love for running has not gone away and It will become more of a focus for me in the near future.

Whole30 Day 4 plus weekend 5k plans

I had a dream last night that today was day 5, but then I couldn’t at my whole30 diary and realized that it was only day 4. Which makes more sense why I woke up feeling like I had drank an entire bottle of wine the night before. I remember this for last time, Day 3 and 4 were the hardest as far as being tired, “hung over”, and cranky. The figuring out what to eat and plan my meals hasn’t been as hard this time around since I’m used to it and it comes more naturally for me than before so that’s made getting through these days a little easier. I know the cravings will get worse before they get better so I’ve made sure to stock up on easy snacks to get through the tough times. I finding that i’m really enjoying apple sauce with a dash of cinnamon and apples with raw almond butter when I’m feeling like a little pick me up. I think the weekend will be a little tough, but I have limited plans am going to focus most of my time on house chores, meal planning and running to keep me busy.

I only have 3 weekends until the seattle half marathon so this saturday i’ll run 11 miles in my training and I also have a 5k race on sunday. I’m excited for the race.. it’s the race I got my PR on last year so I’m hoping to beat it this year. My bf is also going to come watch which is exciting for me since he’s never been to any of my races before.

For my meals this week, I kept it pretty simple. I made a pork roast in my crock pot which has saved me when i’ve been too busy to cook and have been able to bring it for an easy lunch to work. I’ve also been digging this salmon and arugula salad that has snap peas, asparagus, avocado, onion, tomatoes and almonds in and i’ve just been fresh lemon juice and a little hot sauce on it and it’s been delicious! For breakfast I made a batch of pork sausage with onions and apples and just scramble a couple eggs into every morning. Perfect post workout breakfast meal. Larabars and dates have come in handy when i’ve gotten hungry but didn’t have time to make a full meal or just needed a little snack to get through an afternoon. They also make for perfect pre-run food as they don’t give me a side ache.

Just got to stay strong through the weekend and plan my meals ahead for next week and I should be looking good. I’m already noticing the changes and why I love the whole30 and can’t wait to keep seeing and feeling results.

Enjoy your weekend! I’ll give an update on how I did and how my runs go at the end of the weekend.

Paleo Strawberry & Spinach Salad Recipe!

What a crazy week I’ve had so far! I can’t believe tomorrow is already Friday. It’s been a good week for my workouts and running. I’ve been able to run more miles this week and try some new workouts so it’s been a lot of fun.

I was able to set a new PR during last night’s track work out running 4 miles at 7:47 pace! I was dying and don’t think I could keep that up, but it was sure fun to push myself and get a good workout in.

The evenings have been really nice here so I’ve been wanting to stick to only using my BBQ and cooking light along with it. Last night I grilled a steak and paired with it a lovely spinach and strawberry salad. It ended up being one of those salads that is just so good I had to share it with you guys.

Strawberry & Spinach Salad

Strawberry & Spinach Salad

Strawberry & Spinach Salad with apple cider-dijon vinaigrette
1 bunch spinach
4-6 cut strawberries
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/2 sliced and grilled red onion
small handful of toasted sliced almonds
For the Dressing…whisk or blend the following ingredients and drizzle over salad
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
salt & pepper

 

I’m planning on making it again tonight, but adding a little cooked bacon as my protein.

Today’s workout was a circuit of hips, core, and shoulders. It was a quick and fun 45 min work out and was a perfect cross-training day. Tomorrow is an easy 3 mile run with 150 squats for day 17 of the 30 day challenge! I’m running Saturday and am doing The Color Run 5k on Sunday so wanted to keep tomorrow light since I won’t have a dedicated rest day this week.

Birthday Vacation..

Kauai/Maui Vacation: Aug. 25th to Sept. 3rd

Kauai/Maui Vacation: Aug. 25th to Sept. 3rd

It’s official I just book my birthday vacation to Kauai and Maui in August with my 5 of my favorite people in the whole wide world! 4 months and counting we will be sitting on the beautiful beaches, relaxing and enjoying all that the hawaiian islands have to offer. Hawaii inspired this blog and I can’t wait to go back and remember how lovely life can be.

Nohea O’la.

Now it’s time to focus on my Saturday plans..

  • 110 Squats
  • 8 mile run
  • buy running watch
  • run errands with mom
  • GO SEE MY BF! (who’s been gone for 15 days!)
  • relax 🙂

Tomorrow is a rest day and I’m so excited for it. It’s supposed to so hot and beautiful here. I think I’ll go for a nice hike and try and work on my tan a little.

Happy Weekend.

Track Work Out, Qualifying for Boston?, Core Circuit.

I had my first track work out last night and I definitely felt like the new kid in school. It’s funny what a small world the running community can be. I ended up recognizing a handful of the people from just seeing them at races. We had to alter the workout because there was a soccer game at 6:30 and we needed to be off the track. So we did a 2 x 1 mile splits with a 400m recovery run in between and a 800m recovery run after. My first split I did in 7:20 and my second split I did in 7:01. Since I wasn’t totally sure what we were doing when we started I stayed with a group of ladies for the first split so I could make sure I was doing the right thing. Once I figured it out I did the 2nd one a little faster, only issue is that I didn’t count my laps right on the 2nd mile and I sprinted to the finish just to learn that I still had one more lap to go. I tried to keep the same sprint, but I think I lost it a little. I loved the track work out though and can tell what a difference it’s going to have on my training this year and tackling the NYC Marathon.

I officially registered for the NYC Marathon today. Even though I’ve known I was going to run it since it was cancelled last year, going through the registration put it in perspective and made it seem more real. I was just looking at my training plan for from last year and can’t believe I started training on May 28th! Since I’ve already been running I don’t think I’ll start actually training until after the Rock N Roll half on June 22nd. This year I put a goal time of 3:35:00. Coincident that is the time to qualifying time for 2014 Boston? No! but not sure it’s realistic yet either. It’s definitely a fun goal to try for though.

Normally I run on Thursdays, but after yesterday’s morning strength training and the track work out last night I decided to keep it light today and my body was thankful. I focused on my core today and made sure to sneak in the 100 squats for day 9 of the 30 day squat challenge.

Core & Squat Circuit

Core & Squat Circuit

Core & Squat Circuit
4 sets of 25 each
1. 50lb barbell squat
2a. Right Side Oblique Crunch, holding 15lb dumbbell
2b. Left Side Oblique Crunch, holding 15lb dumbbell
3. Back Extensions, holding 25lb plate
4. 1 min plank, balancing on each leg for 15 sec each during the min and then hold for 30

TGTIF (thank goodness tomorrow is friday) 🙂