Hello, hello! Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Let’s get right to it and recap yesterday!
My Sunday started with a wonderful 4-mile run with a bunch of ladies from Kerrie’s bootcamp. She recently started an informal running club on Sunday mornings, so she invited the folks from our CrossFit box to join along. I’m especially psyched about this because I’m trying to get back into running again and having some people to run with is great motivation.
Yesterday morning was absolutely beautiful for a run—a little chilly, but bright and sunny. I ran with Kerrie and another gal named Kelly, and the three of us kept a pretty good pace (sub 9:00-minute miles) for 4 miles. I’m not going to lie, I was kind of struggling to keep up at times. I haven’t run more than a few miles since last fall, so I was definitely working hard out there. I guess you “lose it if you don’t use it!” It looks like I have some serious training to do in preparation for the ZOOMA half marathon on June 1st.
Once everyone finished the WOD, there was about an hour until the Paleo potluck and the competitors’/coaches’ WOD, so Mal asked me if I wanted to do a workout to kill some time. I wasn’t about to let him workout alone, so we did a short WOD together.
3 rounds for time:
- 500 meter row
- 5 pull-ups
- 5 toes-to-bar
- 5 power cleans
After our workout, Mal and I drove home to get Murphy. We planned to spend a few more hours at CrossFit for the Paleo potluck and to watch the competitors and coaches compete, so we figured the pug might want to hang out too.
And he did. Murphy loves CrossFit. #crossfitdogs #crossfitpugsofinstagram
There were so many delicious eats at the Paleo potluck!
Murphy, of course, wasn’t far from the food action.
These Paleo chocolate chip cookies were ridiculous! Holy crap, they were good. I will definitely be making them soon. FYI: I heard the dough is to die for!
A little while later, it was time for the competitors’/coaches’ WOD.
Murphy didn’t know what to make of it.
The 781 beasts killed it! Everyone got muscle-ups!!
After spending most of the day at 781, Mal and I headed home to clean the house and get our lives in order for the upcoming week. I snacked on a Mini Babybel Mozzarella from The Laughing Cow while I picked up the house.
A little while later, I had a major craving for green juice, so I whipped up a batch for Mal and me.
A couple of hours later, I started on dinner, which ended up turning out so well and was insanely simple to make. Here’s the recipe!
- 1 whole chicken
- 2 bell peppers
- 1 onion
- 1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- salt + pepper
- extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Chop peppers and onion and place in a baking dish. Add Rotel, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Remove innards from chicken. Rinse chicken (outside and inside) with water. Pat dry with paper towels. Rub outside of chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook chicken upside-down (breasts up) for 25 minutes. Flip chicken (breasts down) and then cook for another 30-ish minutes until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees F.
Tada! Delicious roast chicken with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and chilies! Yum!
After dinner, I ate a couple of handfuls of almonds and dark chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Kick Ass Virtual 5K
My friend Abby (and IBD sister) is hosting a Kick Ass Virtual 5K on Tuesday, April 9 to benefit Team Challenge and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Why April 9th? That was the date last year when Abby scheduled the surgery that would remove her colon. As she writes: “It was a very big and scary day for me but it was also the day I took steps to get my health and my life back.” Abby is on the road to good health now and training to run the 13.1 half marathon in Chicago in June.
Obviously, I’m totally on board for Abby’s Kick Ass Virtual 5K and plan to run on April 9th. I really hope you consider participating too. It’s just $15 to join in, and your money goes to a great cause. You’ll also be entered into a sweet raffle with all sorts of great prizes. Details here!
Question of the Day
Was there ever a food that you didn’t like only to change your mind about it later?
When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I decided I no longer liked chicken. I guess it just grossed me out or something, and I didn’t eat it for a couple of years. But, one day out of the blue when I was in junior high, I decided I liked it again and have eaten it ever since.