Monday, October 28, 2013

Prep work

I might only have classes three days a week, but I feel so busy all of the time! I try my best to eat right but when you're on the go or wrapped up in assignments I really don't want to cook. That's why I set my Sunday afternoons or nights aside for prepping meals during the week or, at least, for my days at school. 

Being a vegetarian can be difficult because I start eating the same things over and over again, and become more likely to ditch my pre-made lunch and buy something. I usually look to Pinterest to mix it up, trying something new and something relatively simple to make.

This week I prepped some salads. I like to add strawberry or orange, fresh goat cheese, and nuts on the day of so I made the salad base of baby spinach, grape tomatoes, and yellow pepper. 

I also found a recipe on Pinterest (here) for a vegetarian, quinoa chili. I made a pot to share with my family and set aside three containers for my lunch.

I've also been in the fall mood, crazy about produce like apples and squash, so I made some applesauce that I store in small mason jars. It's a crock-pot recipe so it's really simple to make, with few ingredients, and you can leave it for most of the day. Also, found on Pinterest (here).

Monday, October 21, 2013

Completed my first half!

I completed my first half-marathon yesterday Sunday, October 20, 2013. I've been training since June of this year and it was tougher than I ever imagined. Before I started I felt very emotional. It washed over me like a wave, saying, "I can't believe I'm finally here." I ran 21 hard kilometres and today my legs are still aching.

My final time was two hours and 41 minutes. Despite how hard it was I am going to run one again and hopefully finish in under two and half hours. Around kilometre 15 I felt my energy starting to wane. It took everything in me to push to the end and I will admit I had to take couple of walking breaks. Today I'm using a heating pad and my favourite yoga poses to stretch myself out -- I've been limping everywhere I go.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Preparing for the first

Tomorrow I run my first half-marathon.

I've been training since June and I hope the time, the effort, and the cramps will pay off. I'm not looking to create a PR, all I want to do is finish... and preferably not be the last person to cross the finish line.