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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! In an attempt to build up my recipe page, I have now turned into that blogger that arranges food on pretty plates and totes them around the house to find the best lighting. I still have a LONG way to go, but thought I’d still share, since the food turns out yummy, just doesn’t always look it!
Balsamic Sweet Fries (Makes 4 servings)
6 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/8th’s (slice in half, then in half, then in half)
1 large bunch of asparagus, washed and ends trimmed
1 TBS balsamic vinegar
2 TBS grass-fed butter, melted
1 TBS honey
1 TBS fresh thyme, washed and chopped
Dash of salt
Preheat oven to 375F. Place all ingredients in a bowl and coat veggies well.
Spread on a greased baking sheet in a single layer.
Cook for 30-40 minutes.
What are your favorite fries to make?
This is part of a Meatless Monday post with Tina Muir!
Don’t forget to check to see if you were my Soybu Giveaway winner HERE
Happy Mother’s Day!
My weekend involved racing, a new pair of running shoes and my two princesses. What else would make me happy?
I ran Race 13.1’s first Richmond race. It took place around the Richmond International Race track and it was TOUGH. Hills… you know my treadmill never goes about .5% incline (that’s a “.” in front of the 5) and gravel… haven’t found that option on the ‘mill either.
If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you’ve come to know how fantastic I am at documenting races. Here is my only picture.
The rest will be stolen from Jen. So happy to have finally met her as we’ve been stalking each other (legally) online and at races for some time now. She runs ZOOMA in 2 weeks so go check out her blog and wish her luck!
I stole this next picture from her instagram account. Again, go give her some loving. Here are all the 1st-4th place girls.
This was no PR. In fact, the only PR that was set was the number of unlady-like words that went through my head throughout the entire course. Maybe I’ll bump that incline up a little more before next year’s race.
What will the rest of the weekend consist of….
Now for the real important stuff… Congrats to my SOYBU Giveaway winner.
Andrea S. from @fitliferun
Even if you didn’t win, tell the hubby you did and order this awesomeness, which just happens to be the motto for Race 13.1.
Donations will also be accepted over here in the Moyer Household.
Happy Mother’s Day!
What’s on your agenda?
Yesterday I received this from my 2 year old at school
I have never been the sappy one, but I was completely sappy. This was just the reminder I needed from her. Year 2-3 has been extremely trying for us.
Fast run-away-from-you Legs
Canvas of a photograph courtesy of Karen Tribbey Photography
You name it, Gentry’s done it.
But what 2 year old hasn’t? And what mom WISHES she could transport back to those 2 year old days? Well, every one except my mom probably. She receives daily “Was I like this” questions from me followed by “I’m sorry.”
But I wouldn’t change it for the world.
So in honor of all mothers out there… I have some healthy, unique Mother’s Day recipes to share.
Spicy Radish Nut Salad
1 TBS chopped, peeled ginger
1/4 c creamy nut butter
1/4 c rice vinegar
2 TBS soy sauce (try Bragg’s Amino Acids)
2 TBS brown sugar (try coconut palm sugar)
1/4 c coconut oil
2 small cabbage, finely shredded
1 medium daikon radish, sliced into strips
1 c red radishes, sliced thin
handful of slivered nuts to top (use same as nut butter)
Place chopped cabbage, radishes and daikon in a bowl with the nuts. Place the other ingredients in a food processor and blend. Drizzle mixture on top of radishes and cabbage and mix to coat. Garnish with more nuts.
Yellow Squash Hummus
2 small yellow squash, deseeded and chopped
juice from 1 lemon
3 TBS coconut oil
2 TBS garlic, minced
1 tsp of salt and pepper
1/2 c tahini
1 TBS of each: cumin, chili powder and turmeric
1/2 cup almond meal flour
Add all ingredients except tahini to a blender. Mix well before adding in tahini. Season to taste and pour into a bowl to dip with just about anything!
Be sure to check back on Mother’s Day to see who won my Soybu Giveaway!
I’m off tomorrow to Race 13.1!
Life has been so hectic I almost forgot this weekend was Race 13.1 Richmond!
I’m still trying to convince some friends to run… hint hint.
Race Week Tips
So, what should you be doing the week before a race. Well, NOT what I’ve been doing, which includes pretzels
Yea, not as appealing as the other kind. And GRIT.
Too many fun things are going on at my gym to sit around and taper!
For half marathons, you typically need to start tapering 2 weeks before. I’d cut back to 66% of your weekly mileage that first week and 33% the week leading into it. Don’t try anything new, stretch, rest but do shake those legs out on a few easy runs.
Nutrition is more important for marathons, but here is a post I wrote about timing specific nutrients with half marathons. Just remember, the whole carb loading theory doesn’t really apply to halfs and definitely should not be done the night before. Who doesn’t love running with a little extra bloat?
HYDRATE. That is the single most important piece I can give you. Don’t go water boarding yourself, but keep that water bottle with you!
Relax. Yes, it’s hard to do that when you are chasing PRs, attempting your first go at 13 miles or just anxious for that post-race beer 😉 It’s more important that you get a good night sleep two nights out from the race. So, no need to worry about tossing or turning the night before. You can crash post race.
Mental training during the race is actually more important than the physical training. Your mental limitations kick in WELL before your physical ones. Some suggestions…
Sounds cliche, but write motivational phrases on your hand/watch/something you can easily see. Write a few different ones to keep things fresh and more motivating.
Visualize why you’re running. Kids, family members, a cause… those images can be a very powerful tool.
When all else fails, tune into Eminem
Always pay attention to the weather. I’m a huge cold weather fan. I love my skirt and compression sock combo.
However, the high on Saturday is in the 80s. Really anything out of the 50s will start to mess with your pace, so my plan is to ditch the socks, even though I HATED doing that here. Hot running is just not my thing.
Hoping to have a recap up early next week. If you’re in Richmond and debating on doing it, just come out. There’s a 5K and 10K too if 13 is not your thing. Plus, you get to run around the race track. When will you ever get to do that legally again?
And don’t forget to enter my SOYBU giveaway HERE!
What is your race week ritual?
I was recently given the opportunity to try out some unique yoga clothing from Soybu.
Check out this 3 minute video about them. Three things from this video
1. Yes, you want the white pant girls’ derriere. Snag and pair and you will!
2. The yoga poses about 2 minutes in… I can only dream about ever getting my body into those positions.
3. Love their story- finding THAT PANT that makes you feel as confident as you should.
I tried out the Lona Crop Amaryllis,
the Taylor Hoodie
and the Graphic Tee Boardwalk.
Horrible lighting, but you get the point.
A few quick notes.
1. The Lona Crops literally go with everything. Yes, they look busy, but all my plain green, blue, purple tanks I usually pair with boring black pants go amazingly well with it. I think Justin needs to buy me the remaining colors of these, what do you think?
2. Only because it was getting to be 85 degrees outside did I finally decide to take off the Taylor Hoodie. Remember that blankie you cuddled up with at night when you were Gentry’s age? It’s now in the form of a hoodie.
3. Loved the design of the graphic tee for days that were a little too cold for a razorback, but a little too warm for my hoodie. Not to mention all the fun statements on them.
Now that you are clearing space in your closet, I have good news! Soybu has offered to give one of my readers a free pair of the Lona Crops. Now you can share in my obsession! I thought I’d set this up to announce the winner on Mother’s Day, although you do not need to be a mother to enter.
Enter below… and sorry for the million ways to enter. The more you do, the better the Mother’s Day you could have!