I was really stoked for my run this morning because my running friends are all back in action. We did 10 miles together but for the first 5 miles or so I kept comparing myself to where I was a month ago with my running… a PR 5k, some great speed work sessions and 10 miles felt super easy… today it felt anything but easy. After getting more and more annoyed with myself and my current fitness I had to yell at myself (in my head) to just stop it.
My latest thing that I am doing when it comes to my thoughts is to ask myself a question when I start thinking (or obsessing—> which I tend to do a lot) about something… Where are these thoughts going to get me? Are they going to build me up or tear me down? If they are going to build me up… then I keep thinking about them. If they are going to lead towards me feeling bad about myself then I am trying to learn to stop them immediately and think about something else. Sounds simple right;)
Is getting down on myself for losing some fitness going to make me faster? No. Is thinking about my goals and committing towards working on them going to make me faster? Yes.
Easy cheesy. Try it.
And I am back on the 6 days of core work a week bandwagon. Brooke usually throws food at me when I am doing planks while she is eating breakfast. Multi-tasking at its finest.
Clearly I didn’t get enough salmon last night so I had to make some for lunch today. Brooks sent on over a list of 10 ingredients (sweet potatoes, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, salmon, eggs, mixed nuts, radishes, tomatoes, apples and mixed greens) that are recommended for a race training regime and I turned a few of them into a meal.
Lemon Butter Salmon Quinoa Salad
-Cook quinoa in rice cooker (I always throw in some garlic and oregano when I cook this).
-Lay out your mixed greens (spinach, spring mix, arugula) and top with cooked quinoa (I put on 1/2 cup) and thinly sliced radishes.
-Season both sides of your salmon with lemon pepper and heat pan with a little butter and garlic. Cook salmon 10 minutes per inch of thickness (flip salmon 1/2 way through). Throw it on top of the quinoa and top with fresh lemon juice and/or balsamic vinaigrette.
Boom… you get your complex carbohydrates (key energy source for intense workouts and races), high quality proteins (salmon is also a great source of polyunsaturated fats) and veggies (gives you the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to keep your immune system strong and metabolic processes optimized) all in one meal.
One reason I am kind of happy that it is cold today = Brooke can get one more use of her awesome fur vest this winter.
I am on quite the cooking/baking kick lately (it comes and goes… there is no way to predict it) I made Oatmeal Scotchies (I added chocolate because all cookies need at least a little bit of chocolate).
Tell me something exciting going on your life lately?!? Fill me in!!!