Finding a New Fitness Goal

This morning I woke up early to fit in a five mile run before a day of studying. I have my first exam tomorrow for my Native American Literature class (random, I know-it fits a general education requirement) and I need to hit the books today!

After my run, I fueled up with a tropical green smoothie-but with a twist. Instead of water and orange juice, I added 1/2 cup of pasteurized egg whites to the blend.

I have always been intrigued by the recipe on the back of the carton for a protein smoothie. Sometimes the taste of protein powder can get overpowering and sickening, and I thought adding egg whites would be a great way to get the protein I wanted without the strong flavor.

Smoothie success!
I know it looks like green goop, but it tasted delicious

Now on to the next topic of today’s post: workout challenges. I am very goal-oriented in most aspects of my life, and I love to be challenged. I think this character trait is even more true when it comes to fitness, I love working towards a goal. Now that dance is over, I have 8ish extra hours in the week in which I am no longer active. I would like to either train for something or get a solid workout plan with some type of concrete result.

I am thinking about running a half marathon in the fall, but it is a bit early to start training for that race. My dad really wants to run one of the mud obstacle course 5ks with me.

Being trampled in the mud=my worst fear

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I am not super crazy about the idea, but it will probably happen if there is one near Raleigh/Charlotte this summer.

I really want to run another triathlon. I’m actually think about doing one next spring and maybe a Half Ironman in the summer, which would be a serious challenge! However I promised myself during my hellish bike ride last race that I would get a road bike (not my comfy yet clunky commuter bike) before I attempted another triathlon. And since I do not have  a salary, a bike is really not in my immediate future.

Any other ideas for a good training goals/programs? Fun races?

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Valentine’s Day recap and Mashed Cauliflower

I forgot to talk about what Perry and I ended up doing for Valentine’s Day, since I just did a picture post. First of all, I was surprised by a mid-morning visitor bearing roses 🙂

Any guesses on who that handsome man was?

Conflicting schedules limited the visit to about 30 minutes, but it was a great way to start my day!

I had lunch with Kath, and then headed over to cycle. I think I have perfected my pre-workout meal now! I used to just eat my normal lunch with a salad, greek yogurt, fruit, and some nuts or other randomness. But I would feel sluggish about halfway through class and be counting down the minutes until I could get off the bike. After reading this article, I changed up my pre-workout food. For the past couple of weeks, I have been fueling up with an almond butter sandwich on wheat bread with a banana. I also sip on 24 oz of green tea until about an half an hour before the class. The caffeine does wonders for my energy levels. I know caffeine has dehydrating effects, but I feel that during my 45 minute class I am not really at risk for dehydration. After class I barely made it through one round of Simply Abs. I did each exercise for 50 seconds with a 10 second break and it killed me!

I did some work and got ready to go out with Perry to see Alvin Ailey at UNC’s Memorial Hall. Ailey is one of my most favorite dance companies. Their style is an extraordinary mix of ballet and jazz, with African influences. All of the dances were incredible, but my favorites included their signature piece “Revelations”.

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Yesterday I also made mashed cauliflower for the first time. I looked at several recipes before deciding to make my own. I think its a great substitution for mashed white potatoes; the texture is definitely much lighter, but the flavors are the same. I may or may not have eaten the whole container by myself…

 

Mashed Cauliflower

8 oz frozen cauliflower

2 Tbsp plain greek yogurt

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tsp Italian Herb Blend (with Thyme and Oregano)

Defrost the cauliflower in the microwave. Add the butter and microwave until it melts. Put the cauliflower and butter in your food processor with the greek yogurt. Blend until it reaches a smooth consistency. Flavor with Italian seasoning and salt.