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when life gives you lemons

24 Feb

make lemonade.

And when Whole Foods gives you whole chickens for $1.69/lb, you make lots and lots of chicken salad.

recipes ‘n things

Chicken salad is delicious, and I don’t have it that often so I figured why not make a batch using a whole chicken? Boom, lunches for the whole week right there. Then the bones can be later used to make chicken stock for soups.

I started by slow cooking my chicken: 1 hour on high, 5 hours on low for a 3.5lb bird. No seasoning, just prop the chicken on a rack or tinfoil or veggies so it doesn’t touch the bottom of the slow cooker, and pour in 2 cups of water or stock. Once it comes out of there, it’ll fall right off the bone. You can eat the chicken plain, but since it’s unseasoned, ew.

Remove the skin and shred all the meat (if you’re anti-dark meat, just leave it off to the side and save it for stock). I divided the shredded meat into 3 bowls: 2 1 cup portions, and 1 2 cup portion.

I’ll omit the “instruction” part of the recipe below, because really all it comes down to is “mix everything together and shove it in your face.”

chicken salad 1: feta and tomato

1 cup of shredded chicken
1 tbsp mayo
1 tbsp sour cream
1-2 oz feta cheese
4-5 chopped sundried tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

chicken salad 2: curried mango

1 cup of shredded chicken
1 tbsp mayo
1 tbsp sour cream
0.25 cup peas
1-2 tsp mango chutney
0.5-1 tsp yellow curry powder
salt and pepper to taste

chicken salad 3: classic dill

2 cups of shredded chicken
2 tbsp mayo
2 tbsp sour cream
a big bunch of fresh dill, chopped
a pinch of garlic powder
quick squeeze of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

And there you have it. Deliciousness.

other lemons and lemonade

So this weekend, I participated in a pub crawl in the Boston area. I’m really not a big drinker so I didn’t go crazy, but it’s still a fun event. I figured that after staying up late the night before, it would be a BRILLIANT idea to go to the gym at 7am the next morning. In my exhaustion, I pinched a nerve in my neck within the first 10 minutes of my class. I didn’t think anything of it at first, since it was just a little *pop!* and I figured I just moved oddly. But as the class progressed, I began feeling more and more pain. I finally stopped, grabbed an ice pack from the front desk, and went home. Driving was interesting… it’s sort of hard to look around for oncoming traffic when you can’t move your head. I had to do full-body shifts in my seat.

4 days later, I’m still in ouchville. It’s much better than it was on Sunday, but definitely not healed. Slow and steady, I guess? I don’t have the patience to take a week of rest. Especially not with my half training officially starting soon. Or maybe that’s all the more reason to rest. Hmph.

Also, we’re quickly approaching lunchrun weather. Aww yeah.

routines or ruts?

16 Feb

I’m a fan of routines. It’s built into my DNA. Guides, spreadsheets, data… I’m a planner at heart, and I like a good routine that I know will allow me to take care of my busy schedule and leave a bit of time to breathe. My friends in college used to mock me for how freakin’ organized my calendar was. I did (and still do) schedule my runs/distances and fitness classes. I recently got a 48″ x 36″ whiteboard for work and it’s sort of magical to me. It’s separated into all the projects I’m working on, and allows me to visualize everything right there in front of me. I tried the whole digital task management thing… not for me. Ink and a writing surface all the way.

My weekdays are pretty standard for the most part. I shower, prep lunch, and lay out clothes the night before. And in the morning I get up at 6 (because clearly I’m a sane person), make breakfast, watch The Daily Show, get ready, and hop on a bus by 7:30. I don’t have a timed checklist for my morning (i.e. “make breakfast: 10 minutes”) because good lord. As long as I make my bus, we cool. Early mornings in the office are fantastic because there are less distractions, and I get more done.

The dark winter mornings are still making me a crabapple who wakes up in a daze, wondering what day it is and what happened to my pants in the middle of the night. It gets hot in my room, okay? But I’m hoping to break out of that soon (maybe not the pants part, haters gonna hate). I tried two cups of coffee this morning to counter the sleepiness. BAD IDEA. Shake city.

I also have a pretty set fitness routine. I have certain classes I go to three times a week, and two group runs a week. There’s something about consistency in that schedule that I really enjoy. I also leave room for running outdoors whenever.

Mornings and fitness are really the only two things I keep set routines for… too much and I start to feel like a robot.

Routines: y/n?

Here, There, Everywhere

12 Aug

The past week has been filled with my longest run ever (15 miles), a bachelorette party, a bridal shower, an amazing Chicago Marathon fundraiser that surpassed the charity goals for myself and my training partner, and allergies so bad I was knocked back on the couch for 12 hours on Monday. Did I say past week? I meant to say that all of that happened in 4 days. Yowza.

I haven’t talked about my little backyard garden in a while. I gave up on the cucumbers. Something happened to the plant that caused the vegetables to grow in odd, bulbous shapes. Gardening fail. I managed to make a few jars of pickles before the purge. The tomatoes, though… oh my goodness, we can’t eat them fast enough. I pick about a cup of cherry tomatoes per day, and a couple big tomatoes each week. Since I haven’t had much time to cook lately, these tomatoes are either prepared the easy way (hello, caprese salads!), or are given away to family and friends. The peppers are slow to grow, but delicious when ready. And the fairytale eggplant are almost ready to be picked. The carrots have a little while to go, but their green tops are getting tall.

Speaking of food, I’m about two thirds done with The Omnivore’s Dilemma aaaaand I’m basically thisclose to almost completely omitting supermarkets from my food-purchasing life. Ideally I wouldn’t have to buy from supermarkets anymore, but let’s be honest. They’re necessary now and again. Though I have been discovering more farm stands and markets near my house, so hopefully soon I can become less reliant.

As I mentioned above, I’ve been knocked down by allergies this week. That means I didn’t run Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. Ouch. I went for a good 4 miles last night and had to stop at 2.5. My chest was in so much pain from coughing that I either couldn’t breathe, or kept coughing as I ran. As much as I wanted to complete the 4 miles, it’s more important to rest up and be healthy for the 16(!) this weekend. As a result, I’ve made Vicks vapo rub my BFFL.

I’m giving 4 miles another attempt right after work. Bring it.

Feeling Stronger

4 Aug

Every time you exercise with consistency, you get a bit stronger. That’s a given. But for the first time, I actually FELT stronger this morning.

Last night I did a track workout with extra laps to bring my distance up to 7.5 miles. A month and a half ago, after my first track workout, I was hobbling for about two days. This morning, I did an hour-long muscle conditioning class at my gym. At 5:30am. Less than 12 hours (with only about 6.5 hours of sleep) after the track. And I feel amazing, aside from a few shakes from not eating enough post-workout. Seriously, I need to eat more.

The point where I realized how much stronger I felt was at the end of the class. We finished it off with crunches, my strength training nemesis (hills are my running nemesis). I waited for the fatigue to come and… it didn’t. When I first started taking the abs class at my gym, my neck hurt from straining too hard, and I was fatigued just a few reps in. After we ended our sets my mind was like “hey woah why are we stopping, let’s do some more!” Though that may have been the hunger talking.

I also ran a 36:32 4 miler last Friday. There are some days where I feel like I can hardly pull out a decent 5K. And for whatever reason, I rocked those 4 miles. I don’t question it. I lend a little credit to the Starbucks doubleshot I consumed a half hour beforehand, but let’s ignore that and focus on the awesome.

When did you first feel your training come together and have that moment of “woah, I’m strong!”?

Track Tuesday

21 Jul

First of all, I think I’ve been skipping out on my blog so much because I haven’t been feeling confident in my training lately. My friend/training partner gave me a figurative smack upside the head this weekend to get with it, which was needed. And the result was a badass track workout last night.

I got to the track a bit later than I wanted last night, so I only had time for a half mile warm up before the group got started. Here’s the total rundown of the night:

.5mi warm up
800m of fartleks
4×400 speed work with 200m recovery
2×800 speed work with 400m recovery
.25mi jog to hills
4 hill climbs
.25mi jog to track
1.2mi cool down
TOTAL: 6.5 miles

I haven’t been to a track night in a few weeks, so I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to move again for 3 days. But one ice bath and a night of sleep later, I felt great; great enough to do a slow 3mi recovery jog this morning! It was also such a beautiful evening for running yesterday, aside from a bit of hot setting sun.

I feel recharged and ready to go. We’re running a half marathon training distance this weekend, which is both awesome and bizarre to me. 6 months ago, this weekend’s training distance was my overall goal. And now it’s just another number. Well, not really.

Is it totally nerdy of me to want to wear the same outfit I wore in my half? Probably.

I’m okay with it.