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February Recap and March Goals

February is leaving us in her dust... it's time to take a look at how I am progressing against my 2017 goals and how I did on my February goals.  I'm also setting a few goals for March.

2017 Goals:

Run my first marathon - Complete - check out the recap here.
Run 1,200 miles this year - making progress.  I am up to 160 miles for 2017.
Try out trail running- pressed the registration button for an easy trail race in March, and have a 25k trail race lined up in April.
Half Marathon PR - sub 2:02:38 - more on this later. 

February Goals

Continue to go to yoga class - at least 1x/week - D...  I made it to yoga 2 times this month, plus 1 at home practice
Do strengthening exercises 2x/week - e.g.; push-ups, squats, etc. - F... 1x 
Get up in the morning when alarm goes off, no snooze or multiple alarms - B-... No more multiple alarms.  I did flirt with the snooze button a couple times during the month.  
Meditate daily- C-... I sat on my meditation cushion 17 times during the month
Clean and orga…

Meatless Lazy Lasagna

I want to begin with this disclaimer... this is not a healthy or clean recipe.  With that being said... it's all about moderation, so let's get down to some ooey-gooey lasagna goodness!

Some people get a little nervous and jerky when they think about a meal without meat... the hubs is one of them.  However, he does like lasagna and at times forgets that he is eating one without meat.  My secret is to just call it lasagna.

I call this lazy lasagna since most of what you are doing is opening up packages, but the beauty of it is that it is quick and easy.  It takes about 30 minutes to prep and an hour to cook and let rest.  The resting is important as it allows the cheese to firm up and not spread all over after cutting.

Meatless Lazy Lasagna Ingredients 1 box no-cook lasagna noodles 4 cups shredded mozzerella cheese 2 cans hunts traditional spaghetti sauce 1 bag meatless crumbles, I used Beyond Meat olive oil for pan 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 tsp fennel sead …

Workouts - Last Week Today - February 26

This week was a week of what I would call the best laid plans gone awry.  I had the best intentions for the week, but things didn't go as planned.  I still managed to eek out 24 miles for the week, thanks to the half marathon I decided to run on Saturday.

Follow along to see how my week went a little nuts.

This is how my week ended up:

Sunday - Easy 8 miles... as planned.

Monday - planned = 3 recovery miles with the Gooses Acre Running Club; what really happened = rest.  It was storming all dang day... thunder storms with lightning mixed in... homey doesn't play outside in those conditions.

Tuesday - planned = yin yoga class; what really happened = rest. For some reason I got the class times all mixed up and I got to class 20 minutes after it started... headed home and since we had company, I changed and visited instead of just doing yoga on my own.

Wednesday - planned = 3 easy miles; what really happened = rest... I left work as planned, was in my running clothes, but I was stuck o…

Soba Noodles with Kimchi & Edamame

This is an easy and quick dish, perfect for a weeknight.

Kimchi is a fermented food which some studies have shown it to have beneficial bacteria to promote a healthy gut.

I like to use spicy kimchi, and I like this to be warmed as well.  I have read that warming it takes away some of the goodness of the fermentation of the kimchi, soI warm it over low and just until warmed.

I think this would be great cold as well (perfect for summer).


I’m linking up withRock My Vegan Socks & VNutrition for Healthy Vegan Fridays!

February Runfessions

I'm linking up with the lovely ladies today for Friday Five 2.0 and the fabulous Marcia for Runfessions.  February sure did fly by, but not without some things to come clean on!

I wasn't really planning on adding another half marathon to my race calendar this spring, but when the hubs decided to go out to the hunting club this weekend and the weather forecast is calling for near perfect running weather.  I runfess I had to hit that registration button... after writing about my running wishes the other day, it seemed as if it was my destiny to sign up.

I've finally decided that my very first pair of Altras are ready to be retired.  The tread is wearing down... the upper fabric has ripped and the upper is pulling away from the sole.  They have had a pretty good life... lots of miles... I've had them for a year and a half.  I runfess that I'm having trouble tossing them in the bin.

I may or may not be addicted to Nuun.  Since becoming an ambassador, I've taken full a…

Three Running Wishes

Today I'm joining the lovely ladies for Tuesdays On The Run.  Where we talk about a different topic each week that is running related.

Today's topic is "3 Running Wishes".  What three things running related would you wish for if you found that elusive genie in a bottle.  Aside from wishing for more wishes, these are the things that I would wish for.

Perfect running weather - year round.  For me that would be high 50's/low 60's, sunny with a slight breeze and low humidity.  Those conditions seem to be very elusive, especially on race day!

Immunity from all running injuries.  No more worrying about any of the little niggles (or big ones).

Endless funds for running gear and entry fees.  Let's face it... running isn't cheap, add in entry fees and some running gear and it all adds up quickly!

What running wishes would you wish for?

Today I'm linking up with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My no-guilt life for Tuesdays on the Run.

Workouts - Last Week Today - February 19

I'm still just running as I feel like it, 4 days a week with one long run.  My weeknight runs have been on the short side at 3 miles so that I don't have to leave work early to get it in before it gets dark.  I'm looking forward to the time change so I can increase my distance.  I have been adding a progression run each week, I really enjoy those.

At this time, I'm not following a training plan, and I'm ok with that.  I do have some races coming up on the calendar:  a half marathon on the schedule for March, a 25k trail run in April, and another half marathon on the schedule in May... a fun spring full speed ahead!

This is how my week ended up:

Sunday - Galveston Half Marathon... you can read my recap here.

Monday - 3 recovery miles with the Gooses Acre Running Club.

Tuesday - Rest.

Wednesday - Rest.

Thursday - 3 miles progressive... I really shocked myself at the pacing when I was finished - 10:44/9:48/8:47.

Friday - Rest.

Saturday - 4 miles easy with Anam.

Total Miles = 23

Lentil Sloppy Joes

I went a little "school lunch" retro today - Sloppy Joes!

The hubs is a huge fan of sloppy joes, he could eat them every week. Of course his are made with either ground buffalo or beef, but it got me thinking... could I make sloppy joes for myself that were plant based.

I had some lentils left over from when I cooked lentil taco meat, and thought that would be a great substitute for the meat.  I substituted a bolo roll for the hamburger bun and just cut it open on one side, pulled out a little bread and stuffed it with my sloppy joe filling.  It was fantastic and not too sloppy!
Lentil Sloppy Joes Ingredients 1/2 green pepper, diced 1/4 onion, diced olive oil for skillet 1 1/2 cups cooked green lentils 1/2 cup ketchup 1 TBS yellow mustard 1/2 TBS Braggs liquid aminos 1 TBS brown sugar 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp paprika 1 TBS Siracha salt & pepper to taste salt and pepper 1 TBS Tabasco, or more to taste Instructions Sauté the onion and green pepper until so…

Galveston Half Marathon Recap

I ran the Galveston Half Marathon in Galveston on February 12.

I took it easy on race day eve ... sleeping in and relaxing with tea and a book in the morning, followed by some housework and watching my beloved KU Jayhawks barely beat Texas Tech. My pre-race dinner consisted of a pasta bake, garlic bread, and a glass of wine. I prepped my things for the morning and got to bed early.

Race day morning came very early... I was up at 3:00 am! I got some warm lemon water in me and made my toast/almond butter/banana.  I showered, got dressed, brewed a cup of yerba mate for the road, and was out the door by 4:30 am.  I allowed ample time to get to Galveston as I-45 southbound was completely shut down for an 8 mile stretch (I didn't anticipate much traffic at that hour, but it's better to be on the safe side). I made it to Galveston in good time even with a planned stop at Buc-ees for fuel and restroom.

The race started and ended at Stewart Beach on the seawall.  There was ample parking a…

Vegan Cauliflower Nachos

I love nachos... but I could seriously do without eating the tortilla chips.

I recently came across Greenback Gal's Healthy Cauliflower Nachos and I knew this was something that I had to try.

I switched up her recipe a bit, adding a lentil-walnut taco meat and vegan cheese sauce and vegan sour cream.

The cauliflower, roasted in taco seasoning is really good... I couldn't help myself from munching on that while I prepared the rest of the components.

These are definitely "main dish" nachos, and full of good for you ingredients!

 Vegan Cauliflower Nachos
Ingredients 1 head cauliflower, separated into large florets 1 TBS taco seasoning olive oil lentil-walnut taco meat no-cheese sauce tofu sour cream guacamole salsa Instructions Toss the cauliflower florets with oil and taco seasoning. Spread on a baking sheet and roast at 425 for about 20 minutes. Top the roasted cauliflower with the taco meat, no-cheese sauce, tofu sour cream, guacamole and salsa. Enjoy!

I’m linking up wi…

Workouts - Last Week Today - February 12

After my long run on Sunday, I took it light this week.  I was up in the air about running on Saturday... but sleeping in and being lazy enjoying a couple cups of tea and reading won out.

Today I ran the Galveston Half Marathon... I'll recap it later this week - spoiler alert: I beat my time goal and made it to the podium for an AG award!

This is how my week ended up:

Sunday - 10 miles easy

Monday - 3 miles easy... enjoyed it with the Gooses Acre Running Club.

Tuesday - Yin Yoga.

Wednesday - Rest.

Thursday - 3 miles progressive.

Friday - Rest.

Saturday - Rest.

Total Miles = 16

I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap.

Goals For The Galveston Half Marathon

This weekend I will be running in the Galveston Half Marathon race in Galveston, TX.  This is my first race since I ran the Houston Marathon.  I'm excited to head back to Galveston and run along the seawall!  Like usual, I have made a few goals for this race.

Start out slow... run a reverse split race.
Be confident, trust in training.
Time goals ... sub 2:11.
Stay hydrated and don't overheat.
Have fun!

What types of goals do you set for a race?

I'm linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!

Winter Scenes From My Runs

Today I'm joining the lovely ladies for Tuesdays On The Run.  Where we talk about a different topic each week that is running related.

Today's topic is "Winter Scenes From My Run".  Winter in H-town isn't much different than the other seasons.  There is less green. No ice... no snow... not a lot of dead looking trees. Sometimes there is grey, dreary days... but this winter it seems that blue skies are winning.

I still see plenty of wildlife... mostly squirrels, ducks, geese, and the big white bird.

During winter, since it gets dark so early I run a lot on the Waterway.  It is a lighted pathway that is always buzzing with activity - runners, walkers, bikers, etc. so I feel a little safer in the dark.

[caption id="attachment_2078" align="aligncenter" width="300"] On one of the half dozen days it was cold.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2233" align="aligncenter" width="300"] rainy, dreary... blah! I was excit…