I Blew It

Welp, I blew it.

You guys know I took the two weeks after the Shamrock Half Marathon off of running.

But what you didn’t know is that I didn’t step foot in the gym once, and ate like complete shit. Half a pizza, a ridiculous amount of cookies, etc. Everything tasted really good, but my body wasn’t having it.

Not only did I feel like a beached whale, I was constantly tired and got a bunch of canker sores.

It seems I go all in or… to the opposite extreme when it comes to clean eating/exercising.

Not okay.

Lesson learned. I’m sorry, body!

I am not doing this again. Next time I finish a race, I’ll take a DAY or two off of working out, and eat ONE damn piece of cake, not three.

I really don’t want to have to keep starting over at a shitty fitness level every time I  take a break after an event or race. Not that I’m training for a huge race right now, but we can all agree it’s never fun to lose your endurance. Building up those first few miles when you’re out of shape are not fun.

Last week I slowly started working out again.

Monday: 3 miles at the park

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: My own personal spin class, arms, abs @ Crunch

Thursday: Yoga DVD

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5 miles on the trail near Tuna’s

[With my sweet Shamrock running hat. Dorky? I don’t care. I love.]

shamrockhat15milerSunday: Hungover

This week I’m focusing on getting my act together re. eating clean. One step at a time.

I’m starting from square one (alright, maybe like square 3) but I’m going for it. Expect lots more miles and a bunch of fruit and veggies in the next few weeks.

Do you take breaks after races?

How do you stick to your diet? Do you ever cheat?

Durham Farmers’ Market

This past weekend, I trained it down to North Carolina.

2013-03-29 11.15.43My mom recently moved to Durham, so I went to visit her for Easter weekend.

Durham is an old southern city built around tobacco production and is home to Duke University.

Now, Durham is ranked the “Foodiest Small Town in America,” and is full of trendy southern restaurants and food trucks. It also has a growing local food movement.

One of the first things we did while I was there was explore the Durham Farmers’ Market.

durhamcentralparkThe Durham Farmers’ Market features all-local produce and goods from farms within 70 miles of the Durham city limits. Click here to see a few reasons why buying local is the way to go.

This weekend was the week before the main spring/summer season, so I figured there wouldn’t be too many vendors with fresh goods to sell.

farmersmarket2Boy, was I wrong.

Even though it was a preview of the bigger farmers’ market in the weeks to come, there were tons of people there! My mom kept saying that it looked like a festival. It seems as though Durham’s foodies are an enthusiastic bunch.

farmersmarket1 67 vendors were busy selling items that they produced themselves.

There were so many vegetables for sale that I didn’t know what half of them were! See mystery vegetable number 1:

mysteryvegetableEach week, a local chef cooks in the center of the market, showing how to create dishes with ingredients that are in season.

chef1Free range eggs for me, please!

farmfreshMost farmers’ markets don’t just sell food – they sell other natural and organic items too, including soap, lip balm, clothing, etc.

soapI was loving the free samples!

goatsoap2

organicveggiesHave you ever seen such a long line FOR KALE?

lineforkale1Not only is the produce at local farmers’ markets really good for you, it’s cheaper than grocery stores! (A common misconception).

kaleBefore this weekend, if you asked me what a pecan looked like still in it’s shell, I couldn’t tell you.

pecans1

Pecans were everywhere in Durham. I think it’s a southern thing.

pecans2

flowers1

2013-03-30 11.56.22loofasThat’s not all. There was a whole second section of the farmers’ market: the food truck section.

foodtruck1pies1I had to stop for some shaved ice from Sweet Water.

iceI sampled the pistachio flavor – look how green!

pistachioicecreamBut I ended up choosing watermelon. Delish.

shavedice

pretzels1

pretzels2My mom’s bf went straight for the pretzel truck. The gouda pretzel was just about the best thing ever.

pretzels3foodstruck2I’m really glad I got to experience the Durham Farmers’ Market because it reminded me of how good the food and produce is at farmers’ markets. It was the perfect inspiration to scope out the different ones around D.C. this spring and summer!

To find a local farmers’ market near you, go to: www.localharvest.org/

This Is Me

I am not a happy camper right now.

This is me:

During a run on the treadmill in the middle of the week last week, I felt a sharp twinge on the left side of my back.

It didn’t really bother me any more last week except for a dull ache every now and then.

On Monday, I woke up with a sore-ass back. I don’t think I pulled a muscle and I don’t think it was because of my long run or new shoes, but I doubt my first 10-miler ever was good for it.

Therefore, I am being a “good girl,” as my friend Vicki put it, and sat on the couch for the past two days instead of going to the gym. It was very hard not be able to fill in my pretty training chart, but I know it’s for the best not to aggravate a baby injury that could be made a lot worse.

The Shamrock Half is only 23 days away and I want to make sure I am 100% for the last few weeks of training.

Whatever – it’s a step back week anyway, so I’m trying to make myself feel more legit that my mileage for this week is going to be zilch.

At least I’ve had time to catch up on my girly shows and stare longingly at my new running shoes.

What do you do when you can’t run – what are some ways you cope/distract yourself? I’m coping by watching ridiculous amounts of trashy TV.

Magic Anti-Flu Tea

We’re in the midst of flu season, which makes me paranoid. I’ve already had a cold recently and couldn’t do my long run, so I better not get sick again until April!

My foodie aunt found a magic tea that protects you from the flu. I had one every single day last week, and it’s working so far!

goji berry tea

Ingredients:

  • green tea
  • 1 lemon slice
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • a small handful of goji berries
  • 1 squirt of honey

How is it magic? Look at all the benefits of what’s in it!

Green Tea

“Green tea’s health benefits — particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease — has been more than intriguing, as have limited studies about green tea’s role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia” (source)

Lemon

“The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances–notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene–that promote immunity and fight infection” (source).

Cayenne Pepper

Though cayenne pepper has many health benefits, some specifically relate to the flu.

“Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, generally relief from flu symptoms follows”(source).

Goji Berries

I didn’t know that goji berries existed before last week! Why are they healthy? They’re full of antioxidants, which “boost the immune system and lower cholesterol”(source). 

Honey

Honey is an immune booster. It has a “type of antioxidant that helps to protect cells from free radical damage. It can also contribute to heart health as well as protect against cancer”(source). 

All I know is if you need me – you can find me chugging this tea all week!