Running is Not my Job

Today is one of those days where I ponder…….

I’m a very busy professional in my everyday life. I do not work a scheduled 9 to 5 job. I’m on call 24/7 and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

  
I used to find myself overscheduling my busy days because I was always training for a race. I would put running ahead of work appts and sit and think all day long how I would fit in a training run. It was overwhelming. I got hurt. I overtrained. 

Running started to feel like a job! 

I see posts everyday about people and their run streaks , logging all the miles, team “no rest days ” and I think – good for them. I don’t have to compete with them. I am not part of some secret running society that will judge me by the miles I accumulate. I needed to take a step back a focus on why I run. I love to run , it is my escape from day to day life. I am not a sponsored elite athlete who gets a pay check for running. I get a pretty decent pay check from my real job! 

Running has to be about you and your why’s. For some it may seem like and be a job for them . Kudos , Do You! 

I have decided , maybe very foolishly , to train for my upcoming 50 miler sans training plan. WHY? Mostly because my goal for this race is to simply finish , claim my medal and chalk it up as another personal victory for me. It can’t feel like a job to train for this race or I will hate it by the time race day rolls around. I will run as many miles as I feel like on days when I feel like it. I have found through my own experiences that if I just listen to my body I can accomplish the tasks I put forth. I have run many races ill prepared yet still finished them . The ones I trained hard, vigorously and without altering from the plan – I got hurt. 

Basically what I need to do is continue on with the thoughts that for me running will always be about finishing. Finishing what you started and completing goals. I don’t place on the winners podium, never intended too , it is for me simply doing what I set out to do. 

I will finish this 50 miler, it will be hard, I will probably cry a few times but in the end it will all be worth it. 
Running is FUN but it’s not my job. 

Because I Don’t Play Well With Others- Virtual Classes

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness blogger ambassador program. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

I am the first to admit that I am not one to partake in group fitness classes. I don’t know why but to me I just like to do my own thing. Yes I did Crossfit which is totally involved with others but even then I was simply competing with myself. I have always wanted to do a spin class but its far too full of people and I just never did it. Well GoodLife Fitness has added Virtual Classes to their programs  and I am stoked! I love this idea as you get to simply go up to a machine a pick a program you want to do. I chose to do a spin class and the beauty of this is you can do an RPM ride or you can ride through some amazing courses in the coolest cities!

 

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I chose to do a super tough 30 min RPM class and my “class” looked like this. IMG_8094

I am not going to lie, it was hard but I pushed myself and I loved it. I was one sweaty mess by then end of it and my legs were jello!

IMG_8095 If you want to check out all the different classes that are offered have a look HERE .

I will definitely look into more of these classes because I love that I can go pretty much anytime and do whatever workout I want, so long asschedule group class is not going on.

Go check it out if you are like me and don’t play well with others or simply because choosing to do what you want when you want works too!

 

Remember, have fun because if you aren’t then why do it!
PS – yes I realize my pics are side ways ūüėā I’ll fix that eventually ūüôÉ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meatless Monday Vegan Fajitas 

Sharing yet another stupid easy meal because I do not cook complicated! I’m all about the throw everything into a saucepan and cook it. 

I found this “meat” substitute the other day at Freshco and had to try it. Not all substitutes are good, this one was. Tofurky chick’n! 

  
Basically I saut√©ed onions and peppers in a little EVOO , added in the chick’n then seasoned with garlic powder, cumin and chili powder. Took like 6 minutes! 

Folded the mixture into a tortilla and topped with Daiya cheese. 

Oh em gee! 

Stupid Easy portable meal! I may have consumed more of these than I should have but hey everyone loves fajitas , right? 

Enjoy and happy Meatless Monday 

Spaghetti with Lentil Sauce

Who needs meat sauce, right?

I made this delicious dish tonight with my favorite meat substitute – Lentils!

  
Super easy, quick and yummy! 

You will need 

1 cup dry lentils

Diced onions, garlic and mushrooms

Canned diced tomatoes

Marinara sauce – jarred 

Step 1 – bring lentils to a boil in 3 cups water , cover and simmer on low until cooked. Rinse and drain 

  
Step 2 – saut√© veggies in oil. Add in lentils, canned tomatoes and marinara. Season with Italian spices ( I also add a little cinnamon, trust me!) 

Step 3- boil spaghetti noodles to al dente then add to pan of lentil sauce  

 
Top with Vegan Parmesan and serve with fresh crusty bread and you have one heck of an Italian feast! 

  
Enjoy! 

Vegan Spicy Thai Chili Pasta 

This is a yummo make in 20 minute meal. 

  
So stupid easy and it’s virtually throw in a pot easy. 

I simply used a bag of precut veggies, added in garlic chunks, cauliflower and asparagus and sautéed in oil until veggies were slightly tender.

  
Add in cashews. Boil spaghetti noodles to al dente.

   
 
Season with curry powder, cumin and chili powder.

  
Pour in a bottle of any Thai Chili sauce you can find, I used this one. ( found at Homesense ) 

 
Serve with cashews on top  

 
Enjoy this easy peasy vegan meal! 

Corner of Happiness

  
This 6′ x 5′ feet of space is all it takes to make me happy these days. 

I don’t ask for much, I don’t buy myself fancy things but when an opportunity (70% off) came up for me to own my very own good treadmill – I jumped on it! 

Yes I am an avid gym goer and love the atmosphere but the 2+ hrs a day I spend between commuting and working out really does eat into my schedule. If work appts fall at that 830-1030 am window then you cannot I’m not going to get a workout in. 

I can now get up, get the kiddo fed and off to school and be on the mill by 8am. Showered and fed myself by 9-930! Thank the Lord! 

Best part – I can run in a bra!  

 
I don’t care because the only lurkers are my dogs and they don’t care about my jiggly bits. Today I watched Dateline and the time flew by 

  
I even managed a couple of negative splits. 

I am fortunate to have this piece of equipment and it will never become a drying rack at this house. It will always be in my living room as a focal point for me to know what I need to do. Let the training continue and I will be back out on the roads too, once it warms up! 

Happy Running and here’s to running All The Miles! 

Vegan Egg Review 

This is not a sponsored post and yes I paid a lot of money to finally get my hands on this product! 

  
I knew this product came as a powder but I love the packaging and it is all recycled! Win

Here is the video on my first ever egg prep

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I used 4 tbsp of powder to 1 cup cold water, whisked and added to an oiled pan. Added in some Daiya and cheesy eggs for supper it was. 

Now I will definitely get creative now, adding in veggies , using it as an egg replacer – whatever! I forsee quiches to be made! 
Vegan Win! 

Vegan Lentil Tacos 

  
So I totally missed Taco Tuesday yesterday and had to make up for it today!  

I always like to cook up a big batch of lentils and I did so today. 

I made 1 cup of green lentils (dry lentils simmered in water until tender) and 1 cup of brown rice and just mixed them in a big pot.  

 
This big pot will become a lentil loaf, lentil burgers and tacos! 

So for today’s big “recipe” simply dice up some onions, peppers and garlic and saut√© in oil 

 
Add in about a cup of the lentil rice mixture. 

  
Then add in chili powder, cumin and garlic powder with 1/2 cup of water ( or use a packet of taco seasoning) . I use a lot of cumin in mine – about 2-3 tbsp and about 1-1.5 tbsp of the other spices.  

 
Top with Daiya shreds and let simmer on low. 

 
Then just wrap it up! You can add avocado , lettuce or whatever suits your fancy! 

I will make sure mine has lots of guac on it! 

Enjoy! 

#meatlessMonday 

Stop The Run Bullying!

  

Stop

The Run Bullying!

 This is a post that needs to be written because this really irks me. 
Rewind to a post I saw the other day, someone had stated that they were a runner because they battled the elements and would never think twice about running on a treadmill. So does this mean that those of us who train on a treadmill “are not runners” ? Not capable of overcoming our own obstacles? Are we simply babies? Can’t handle the cold? 
Do you know my story? Do you know I suffer from severe Raynauds syndrome and simply holding a cold glass causes my fingers to turn white? Do you know what happens when I run in the elements? Do you see my toes after I run in the cold, submerse then into a tub of hot water only for them to burn , turn black then white? 
Didn’t think so. You see , If You Run , You Are A Runner! Period! That’s it! 
Can we please just respect each other and our choices. I’ve successfully trained on a treadmill for half marathons, full marathons and even 50k’s so don’t tell me I’m not a runner because I don’t battle those elements you do. Yes I love your Instagram pics with your frosty eyelashes and frozen cheeks , but you should also like my sweaty post treadmill hill climbs too. 
There is always a struggle to run , never mind if it’s in or out. Each and every run is a mental game that we must face. Overcome. 
So today I feel pretty good with my treadmill efforts, it was a blizzard outside and just getting to the gym was a struggle – but I overcame said struggle and made it there. Why , 
BECAUSE I AM A RUNNER

plain and simple !  
 

This post also reached out to those of us who aren’t fast either, we run at our pace yet still cover the same # of miles as you . So encourage us, give us a pat on the back and let’s just Run Happy ! 

New Year, Same Me

*This post has been written as part of the GoodLife Fitness blog ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

So, it is a new year and lots of people like to use this time as an opportunity for change, resolutions. I however do not make resolutions I simply make commitments to myself. This way I feel like I haven’t set myself up for failure.

GoodLife Fitness recently did a survey asking people what they want from 2016.  Here is an infographic on how it looked!

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you can read the full media release Here .

So what have I set out to do in 2016? Well I do have some lofty goals this year. #1 being I stay injury free. 2015 was not kind to me and it was my own dang fault for trying to do too much too soon and overtraining. This year I will run my first 50 miler and I promised myself I will not do any races prior to this one in May, but I do have another ultra scheduled for the following weekend of the 50 , OOPS!

As far as my lifestyle changes go , they are simply me getting back to the basics. Last year I got fat! Yes FAT! I became far too fluffy for my liking and I attribute that to allowing beer and animal products into my life. NOT ANYMORE! I have kicked the booze to the curb and gone back to my vegan plantbased diet. I seriously just feel better living my life this way, I am leaner and stronger and I feel all over ” cleaner”.

I also am going to take my training more seriously and back off strength training so much. Yes I know the importance of lifting and I will still do it just not as rigorously as before. My focus needs to be on running hills and getting those trail miles in.

 

So let’s just remember that this is the season of “gym newbies” and let’s not discourage them but accept them and motivate them. It takes an awful lot to just step foot inside a gym when you are overweight ( I KNOW THIS) and there isn’t any reason why we can’t help them and encourage them.

 

Here’s to an amazing 2016 and let’s make this our year to be unstoppable.

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