Maria bowl

Good morning! Good morning!

Only two more days till the 35th running of the Indianapolis 500 mini-marathon!

For the next couple of day I’ll be putting the finishing touches on my training:

I plan to get in:

  • lots of water
  • one more yoga session
  • plenty of rest
  • good food
  • gear check

After working the past three days (12 hour days) and having so/so breakfast I knew today a big bowl of cereal of was in order.

May I present you with the Maria bowl

3/4 cup brown rice cereal

1/2 cup strawberry yogi crisps

1/2 cup soy milk (all that was left)

1/2 cup almond milk

Topped with:

1/2 small banana

1/2 cup mixed frozen berries (warmed first)

1 tbsp nuttzo butter [you can learn more about nuttzo (here)] I  think that was one of my very first post! cringe!

sprinkle of chia seeds and coconut

On my way to a new yoga studio, flourish yoga, to get my Vinyatha on!

Have a great day 

and

P.S

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Apple toast crunch

Good Morning!

The sun is shining and it’s unbelievable. It’s so supposed to rain 6 out 7 days this week, can you believe it!?  It started raining Sunday afternoon and is supposed to rain all the way through Thursday.  We get a small break on Friday and then it’s rain again on Saturday. A little bit of rain everyday is not that bad, but how I am supposed to squeeze in an outdoor run?

When it comes to running outside I’m very picky!!

 No heavy down pour (a light drizzle is okay)

 Prefer > 40 degrees F

 Streets clear of ice

 And I never ever run in the dark alone

These are my own rules, they keep me safe and I’m not afraid to use them 🙂

I might go for a short run later this afternoon (after it rains),  but right now on my way to athletic conditioning  to get in one last endurance session.

Only eleven more days till race day!

My fitness goals this week are to streeeeeeetch, gain some strength in my legs, core and arms, and work out some muscle kinks.

I had the best bowl of cereal this morning!!! To get me started.

Apple crunch

Topped with

  • 1/2 small apple, peeled cored and chopped
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • sprinkle of chia seeds

Substituting my usual banana for an apple really stole the show.  I tossed the diced apples in a little bit of honey with a dash of cinnamon…muah!

A rawther large cup of hot caribou coffee (almost finished!), ironically I’m starting to like it.

May the law of karma be with you today.

Smokey Mountain Run

 Hey y’all sorry I’ve been MIA for a while.  The hubs and I got home from Gatlinburg, Tennessee Sunday night around 11:00PM. Ever since then I’ve been trying to catch up on laundry, grocery shopping, and bill writing. You know all the fun stuff in life that has to be done or else the sky just might cave in.

Any who, we had so much fun in the Smokey’s I wanted to blog about it every night but when your 21ooft up in the mountains reception is not very good. Here are a few pics and highlights from Aunt-T’s birthday vacay.

The inside of our two-story cabin, complete with five bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast nook, family room and game room. Plenty big enough for eight people. I spy a brown furry animal. BEAR!

The view from our cabin overlooking the mountain range.

There were so many nooks and crannies to explore inside,  look what I found!

Chocolate…SCORE!!! I had a few M+ M’s, blue being my favorite and 2 mini snickers bars.Do you have a favorite M+M color? Or am I just corky!?  The snickers bars were just meh, I think I’ll stick with the good stuff. Dark chocolate Endangered Species.

After we all settled in and had dinner we threw our swim suits on and jumped in the hot tub.

Saturday morning I woke up refreshed and went on my scheduled 45 minute run. The whole group was supposed to join me but I only managed to grab two of the crew. Mr. Apron and our new friend Tyrone were good sports 🙂

Uphill

Downhill

After the run I did three sets of 20 push ups and 2o dips.

Total run: 45 minute loop on hilly terrain

Distance: Not sure? Maybe 2 or 3 miles, due to the conditions.  I need a Garmin, desperately 

Elevation: 2168 ft. My lungs did not fail me. I actually felt pretty good.

 Temp: 42° Feels Like: 38° Humidity: 62%

Pre-fuel: The previous nights dinner. I didn’t feel like eating before the run a rare idea for me.

Whole wheat spaghetti with mixed vegetables and ground lean beef. I only had a small amount of meat, I tried to grab more of the veg.  A simple side salad drizzled with raspberry wine vinaigrette. Beverage of choice was a little vino rojo.

Post-fuel:

A bowl of Kashi with soy milk topped with a medium sliced banana, 1 tbsp Nuttzo and a sprinkle of chia seeds.

A good work out can be done anywhere, you just have to creative. Who knows you might even make a new friend along the way.