WIA.. A lot of in February!

Hey friends!

It’s WIAW! The last in February. Happy Leap Day though!

I’m a bit late, but it’s because I have a ton of work to do.

Just FYI, these are NOT all of my eats for one day. This is a selection of eats from over the week.

Without further ado, the eats! This is what I ate a lot of in February. I tend to go into food obsessions.. Sooo, here we go.

oatmeal:

I ate a lot of oatmeal in February. Like, every morning and almost every night. CRAZINESS.

Chia oatmeal turned out to be my favourite recovery food!

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Some awesome mudslide oatmeal was how I got rid of chocolate cravings and fueled up for AM runs.

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My morning oatmeal was almost always eaten in class.

veggies:

I found new ways to include veggies in my diet!

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I found out that I love sauteed peppers and onions on tuna, with ketchup of course!

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Broccoli WITHOUT KETCHUP. With Tamari instead! 🙂

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I hid some green beans under cantaloupe even!

snackage:

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Bananas and nut butter were a popular snack!

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On the go snacks were ESPECIALLY popular. Some cottage cheese and mashed taters, with sunflower seeds and almond butter.

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Cereal and granola was also a main staple of my snackage.

Another theme I noticed was that I seem to be loving on the nut butter. I hadn’t even noticed!

Hope you guys had an AWESOME Leap Day and have a great first day of March!

I have some fun things to tell you on Friday.. Mainly some goals that I decided on.

What were you obsessed with in February? Any new goals?

Chelsea

Monday Runday: Sprint Edition

Hey friends!

I have been sprinting through my day (seriously, does sprinting to archaeology this morning count in my mileage?), and almost forgot about Monday Runday.

But I didn’t! Obvi lolz. Anyways, super quickly..

Miles: Just under 45, mostly long slow efforts

Usually I do around five less, but I was feeling good with the long slow runs, so it just added up. Also, my “long slow runs” are now at my old “pushing myself pretty hard” pace. Improvements yay!

I run like this, probably.

Longest run of the week: 9 miles on Sunday

This run was brutal at times, but good. I ran it outside, despite the lake effect snow the day before. The roads were snowy at some points, and this is honestly my first time ever running on snow! I liked it, but it slowed me down a lot. It took a lot more physical strength to run than normal, which was interesting. I think this is how it’ll be on trails for me – so it was good practice for my race! I think I could’ve pushed myself harder, but I really didn’t want to fall. When I left for this run, it was 14 degrees F outside.. When I came back it was 17. This is the coldest I’ve ever run in, and I’m proud I forced myself out!

This is how I look when I run in the snow.

Double day: 13 miles on Thursday

I ran 6 miles in the morning on the treadmill before class, then went out for a previously undetermined length of run after class. It ended up being seven, which was great! I PR’d my road mile time without even trying hard (seriously, I thought I was going pretty slow at the time), so I think I can smash that some time soon. Running 7 miles now feels pretty easy to me, which amazes me.

This is how I hope I look when I run one day.

Race day is coming up.

In about 13 days, I will be competing in a 10 mile trail race. I feel like I’m going to finish it strong. I feel like I’m in a super good place right now in my running, much better than I thought I would be when I signed up. I’m not nervous at this point – just super excited.

How’s your training going? How was your Monday? What’s the coldest you’ll go outside in? Do you ever look back on old you and are amazed how far you’ve come?

I’m always in awe at my transformation, honestly. Sometimes, running doesn’t feel like real life, and I get kinda scared that it’s all a dream. I really love to run, and I’m so glad I found it. The more I do it, the more I want it to be my life.. And I can’t imagine my life without it.

Have a great week everyone!

Chelsea

Five Fun Facts for Friday!

Hey friends!

I’m kinda late for a Friday post, buuuut there was so much alliteration possible I just had to.

Guess what happened to me today.

I SLEPT IN. About an hour. Until 6:50. Whaaaat?

More on giraffes sleeping later.

My theory on this is that my double 6 milers took a lot out of me. Currently I’m still feeling tired – I only ran 5 today, but I also lifted.

In college, I feel a lot of people try to get away with ignoring one of our body’s most important cycles – sleep.

Sleep is important, especially when you’re active. You need to get the right amount though – too much can do harm, and too little definitely does do harm.

Not the best motto, unfortunately.

So, here are five fun facts about why sleep is important:

1. Sleep is when your brain and body recharge, which is especially important for people who exercise and want to see gains. When you don’t sleep enough, your body doesn’t have time to repair your damaged cells from exercise, leaving you prone to injuries and slow recovery. Sleep is also when your body reduces most inflammation, which can lead to faster recovery as well.

2. When you sleep more, your bodies hormones stay at healthier levels, and higher levels of good hormones are present. This is what we want.

3. Sleep is when your immune system is in its top form. So, if you don’t sleep enough, you’ll be more vulnerable to daily viruses and bacteria, and possibly get sick more often/for longer.

4. Sleeping more reduces the amount of cortisol your body produces. Cortisol is a stress hormone which can lead to bad things. Who really wants to be stressed all the time? Not me. Less stress = happy me.

5. Studies have linked more sleep to less heart disease, diabetes, improved memory, longer lifespan, less mental illness, and healthier weights.

Okay, so now you agree with me that sleep is important, right? Here’s five ways to get better sleep:

1. Drink less caffeine, especially after noon.

2. Exercise!

3. Turn the thermostat down. It’s good for the environment, too!

4. Don’t go to bed hungry.

5. Unplug. Don’t do anything that you couldn’t do in the 1800’s for about 30 minutes before bed. Instead of emailing and blogging, turn down the lights and read a book, or study for an upcoming test. It’ll chill you out and signal to your brain that it’s bedtime.

Did you know that a koala sleeps 22 hours a day? A giraffe only sleeps about 2, taken in 10-20 minute naps.

Are you a giraffe or a koala? What helps you fall asleep? Any fun weekend plans?

It's so fluffy I'm gonna die! NAME THAT MOVIE.

Anyways, since I was a koala in a past life, I’m off to bed! I know it’s Friday, but I have a rock nerd field trip tomorrow and I have to get up early to get out on the road before it. I hope you all have a great weekend, and sleep well tonight!

Chelsea

Nearly Wordless WIAW 10!

Hey friends!

Happy WIAW, my favourite holiday of the week!

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In case you guys missed seeing pictures of me, lolz.

WIAW came fast this week. And I actually remembered for most of my sit-down meals. As per usual, I forgot a lot of snacks.. Slash ate them on my feet (bad habit, but whatevs), so no picture. Here’s my main dishes though:

breakfast:

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oatmeal + sunflower seeds + coconut + protein powder. in class.

lunch:

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tuna + sauteed veggies + ketchup.

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canteloupe + grapes + green beans.

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cottage cheese + cereals + coconut.

pre-ride snack:

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cottage cheese + partial nanner + granola + soynuts.

“dinner”:

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mint beets + cauliflower + broc + ketchup. lame dinner.

snackage included..

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soynuts + sunflower seeds. in excess.

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an orange.

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chocolate.

Also, some food from throughout the week..

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oatmeal + chocoslab.

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sweet potatoes + sunflower seeds + soynuts. this is delicious. try it.

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oatmeal + chocoslab. again.

And my BEST EAT, post long run, pictured in detail because I was going crazy over it.

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greek yogurt + banana + sweet taters + almond slices + sunflower seeds + chia = a party in my mouth.

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it has layers.

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this was so good. seriously. best post run food ever.

What was your best eat of the week?

Have a great Wednesday friends!

Chelsea