Firstly, I want to apologize for the lack of recipe posts. Things have been a little cray with entering the last few weeks of classes (yes the last three weeks of my first year of grad school….it’s a little insane to think about) and I don’t like to just post things to post things. I’d actually prefer to take the time to find and/or create solid recipes. I’m trying to finish up strong but that of course means that I have to really be conscious of my time and manage it well. My half marathon is also in two weeks. Again, INSANE. I had a minor freakout when the person that I was supposed to run it with (who was also my ride to San Diego and realized that he mixed up his dates would actually be in Hawaii during that time (#”first-world” grad student problems). Luckily, I have amazing people in my life and my friend, Amy, offered to drive me down to La Jolla and cheer me on. We’re going to make a mini-vacay of it and go down on Saturday morning so it should be a lot of fun. Definitely one of those moments where I was so grateful to be surrounded by awesome, caring people. 🙂
Anywho, so I’ve been at this paleo thing for about two weeks now and it’s going pretty well. I haven’t really had any more issues with energy during workouts. I’ve discovered a recipe for a delicious smoothie that gives me enough energy to get through 1-2 hours of physical activity which is great. While I feel awesome, I am realizing more and more some of the practical challenges that comes with eating paleo especially as someone who works out regularly.
I mentioned this in one of my earlier posts but one of my main concerns with eating paleo is getting my carbs. This is especially important to me since I’m coming up to doing my first half. I’ve been struggling to get enough carbs and though I love sweet potatoes, I would like a little more variety in my meals. In addition, sweet potatoes take time to prepare so I had a few instances where I’d finished a run and needed to eat in a short period of time and simply didn’t have enough time to prepare them. After this happened a couple of times, I got wise and baked a large batch of this one night and stored them in a container in the fridge. This was probably, the brightest idea I’ve had. I know, it’s not super innovative or anything but it took me a while to realize how much easier it would make my life. It’s been so convenient to come in, saute some meat and veggies and then just throw the already-cooked sweet potatoes in towards the end to warm them up. So easy and I get my crabs. BOOM.
(I’ve been lovin this. So simple yet so good. Salted avocado with grilled cherry tomatoes. Chicken breakfast sausage. Crispy Homemade Sweet potato fries (cooked in coconut oil). Post-workout deliciousness.)
I’m not sure if I mentioned this before but there is this great Asian grocery store right near my apartment that I ran by for months without going in only to be told by my roommate that it was something worth exploring. I’ve kind of fallen in love with it because it has cheap produce of pretty good quality and best of all, it has all the random, obscure veggies and ingredients that I struggle to find in commercial chain stories. It’s part of the reason why a lot of my food veers in the Asian direction because I can generally get anything that I would need from there. Anyway, I went on this little rant to say that I recently went there and bought some produce that I’ve never bought before. From my paleo blog stalking, I found a nifty list of paleo-approved carbs that included the actual grams of carbs that they deliver. Apparently, yuccas are super carby. I’ve never had or seen a yucca before (and in case you haven’t either, I’m including pictures of it below) but I decided that I need to get acquainted with it. Of course, my fav. neighborhood grocery store had it (cause they have everything). I also got some plantains which I used to make plantain buns for Caribbean-spiced turkey burgers (also pictured in this post). This recipe has lots of potential but flavor-wise, it’s not where it needs to be for me to post it for you guys. I’m gonna keep working on it though!
As for workouts this week, I ended up running a lot. Like, more than I should probably be running since my race is so soon. Definitely planning to cut back next week and embrace the “tapering” stage of my training.
Monday (Gym Day/Yoga)
Mondays are usually a run day but after having run 10 miles on Saturday and like 12 of Sunday, my legs were not having it. So did about 30 minutes of the wide stride as well as some strength tabata intervals with some light weights and on the TRX. This was my only gym day this past week so I’m hoping to get at least two this week. Really want to focus on my core strength. I’m realizing how crucial it’s gonna be for my race. I also finished up my day with an 8pm “Sweat” yoga class at One Down Dog. Love that place and this class in awesome. I always forget how challenging it is until I get there and I’m drenched in sweat. I guess you can’t get ’em for false advertising.
Tuesday I set out to do 6 miles, from my house to the Silverlake reservoir, around once and back but I made a mistake and selected an 8 mile activity on my RunKeeper app and because I don’t have the power to go against the machine, I had to do 8. It was kind of awesome though because it got me to push myself a bit more.
Wednesday (Run to POP Physique)
My usual 4 miles before taking a Pop Physique class. Such a lovely Wednesdays routine. I’m really gonna miss this place over the summer.
Lovely rest day. 🙂
Friday (Run Day)
Ran 6.5 miles at Elysian before meeting my beautiful cohort-mate, Jenny, for an afternoon study sess at Fix Cafe.
Saturday (Run Day )
Ran 10.79 (Clearly, felt the need to be technical. It really bothers me that I didn’t just do the extra .21 miles to get a round number especially since I ended up running an extra mile of so with someone on the way back home. Stupid.) with the DTLA running group. It’s the most amazing feeling to realize that by 9am on a Saturday, you already have 10 miles behind you. Wouldn’t happen if it weren’t for these guys.
I’m excited about getting back to YEP today. I haven’t been in soooooo long. Since I got back from Spring Break, I’ve had things going on on Saturday and Sunday mornings and I’ve been neglecting my yogis at Echo Park Lake. Oh, how I’ve missed it. So ready to get back at it. Also going to do a short stairclimb hike with the Hidden Stairs of LA Meetup later this afternoon. Haven’t done one of these in a while either so should be awesome. 🙂
Have an awesome week everyone!
(Paleo-friendly carbs grocery shopping)