lunch! (didn’t eat all the sweet potato fries)
i’m traveling north tomorrow
and i’m going to trail run every day possible in all of the northern states i visit.
i miss greenery and hills and uneven ground beneath my feet.
today’s smoothie in a mason jar! pineapple banana coconut peach! topped with raspberry cream granola :)
good morning lovelies!
wow, what has this world come to?
driving back from my run this morning, i was listening to kidd kraddick in the morning (a morning radio talk show), and the cast was discussing one of the female member’s body and how much she could bench press, etc etc. at first i was really excited because i was like “damn she’s pretty strong!” but then she started talking about how in college somebody called her “solid” (to me this signifies strong & fit), but she hated it and was saying “that’s not a compliment, malnourished is a compliment.”
wait, seriously? say what? do that many people really think that being being called “malnourished” is a compliment? i mean i know that some people think that it’s a desirable look.. but to emphasize it over national broadcast radio and to spread that message to all of their female listeners?
i’m so disappointed.
dinner! bean / zucchini tacos on corn tortillas. sprinkled with a little bit of mexican cheese! nommm
HEY anon! well, i started cross country in high school. and i HATED it. to be honest. the only reason i really started running was because my dad was a runner, and i knew he’d be so excited if i started. plus, my school had required sports so it was either running, volleyball, or field hockey - and let’s just say i’m not a team sports kinda girl!
so, my freshman year of high school, i was on JV (just because our school was so small, there were probably only about 20 of us total, including the 7 on varsity). and i had never ever run more than a mile without stopping really. i wasn’t into it - the other girls had all been to preseason and were already buddy-buddy. i was just kind of there, you could say. i ran probably a 29 or 28 minute 5k or something (and this was all on grassy hills and trail - no road).
but, my sophomore year i got more into it. the other girls befriended me and i started to like the sport a lot more. that year i think my 5k time got down to a 26:00 or 25:30 at the very end of the season. i was still on jv.
my junior year of high school was probably the best. i was really pumped about the next fall season, so during the summer i trained hard. i did all the workouts our coach put on the schedule for us (i was at a boarding school so we didn’t have joint practice over summer), and i attended preseason. i basically became a devoted beast. that year i got my time down to a 22:54 by consistently decreasing my time every race. that year was great because i just kept improving! it was great. it was a LOT of work though. that year i was on varsity.
my senior year, my season wasn’t amazing. i was still on varsity, i attended preseason, etc, but i just wasn’t as fast for some reason. i still PR’ed, but that was rare. i got a 22:43, but a lot of my races that year were in the 23s and 24s, one was even in the 25s. it was more social for me that year i think.
so, it was over a LONG period of time and dedication. but it helped me grow to love the sport soo much. i’m so thankful for my high school cross country career.
when i got to college though, i took a year off because there just wasn’t enough structure and i wasn’t motivated (it’s really flat and hot and there aren’t any trails where i live now). but then, last summer, i made the executive decision to sign up for a half marathon. randomly, after i was only in good enough shape to run 3 or so miles. the race was in about 4 months. kinda daunting, but i dedicated myself and did really well! i honestly know that if i had run a 5k around that time i would have probably decreased my time to below a 22 minute pace but i was just too lazy and worn out from training for the half.
anyways, sorry for this long SHPEEL! i guess that was a super long answer, but it was necessary. plus, i don’t think i’ve told that story to any of my followers before! let me know if you have anymore questions! :)
post 7 mile run refreshment :)
Healthy Hallelujah’s Vegan Chickpea Nuggets
This is probably the strangest, yet most delicious healthy concoction I have ever put together. I really wasn’t expecting these babies to be so amazing!
So basically, I am a broke college student, and I don’t want to spend money on extra groceries for my last week at school. So, I rummaged through my cupboards, got creative, and found a few things to throw together.
What you need:
1 16oz can of chickpeas
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1-2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp sea salt
1-2 tsp olive oil
Panko Italian breadcrumbs (if vegan, make your own in a food processor by processing dry bread with Italian seasonings)
What you do:
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine chickpeas, chopped garlic, cumin powder, and sea salt in a food processor. The final consistency shouldn’t be chunky, but thick. You don’t want to thin the “dough” out to hummus consistency.
2) Roll chickpea “dough” into little bite size balls and cover lightly with olive oil.
3) Flatten out the balls so that they are about half an inch thick, then pat both sides lightly onto the breadcrumbs.
4) Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or coat with the remainder of the olive oil. Place nuggets on the cookie sheet.
5) Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, flip, and bake for another 10 minutes.
PERFECT CONSISTENCY, I tell you! PERFECT. I can’t believe I came up with this (and no, they are not just falafel.. they are nuggets, hehe). Enjoy!