I took a mini unplanned blogging break :), but I am back! Summer is just busy and schedules are different! We have had a lot going on at church and I have been spending the extra time with the family or running. Late dinners and fun nights outside with the family have left almost no time for blogging in the evening….but hey, that is life! 🙂
Here are some summer swimming pictures 🙂
I am now 8 1/2 weeks away from my half marathon and 18 1/2 weeks away from my full. I have come up with my own training plan for both and am starting to incorporate hills into my training.
This also means the girls are 8 1/2 weeks away from their first 5k!!! They are super excited! I am doing a very basic plan for them and trying to make it really fun! They have done 2 training runs so far that were 3/4 of a mile running and 1/4 walking.
They want to get one of these to monitor activity…I am thinking about it. Does anyone have one, I would love feedback…
You know, there is a reason that I have never actually done a hill workout before….THEY ARE HARD!!!!!!!
I am not a big huge fan of hills so the thought of repeatedly going up and down them for miles sounds horrible…..but I did it, I survived, and it wasn’t that bad (after the fact).
I found this hill near my house…..it is big!
I did a 3 mile warm up followed by 6 hill repeats. I wanted to do 8, but it was pretty hard and it is my first hill workout so I went with 6. Then a 3 mile cool down. I ran up the hill about as fast as I could and that was an average of about a 7:30 pace and jogged really easy down it at about a 9:30 pace. I had to stop at the top a few times just to catch my breath!
I found this article on hill training:
I am not sure love is a word I will ever use to describe hill training, but I know it will only make me stronger and I love that :)!
Speaking of stronger, I also got a pass to a local gym so I can work on some strength training. I only got a 7 day pass for now and we’ll see how it goes. My husband and I went last night (yes, we are that crazy couple that does date nights at a gym and gives each other a marathon as an anniversary gift :)). We did about 30 minutes of weight lifting and I am definitely feeling it in my arms and shoulders today!!!
And….this happened to my phone! It is amazing how accustomed we are to having a phone…. it is hard to go for only a few days without one! I have to just ask what people who buy these phones on ebay do with them?!!! So….I had some pictures on my phone that I was going to use in my post…but gonna have to wait :)!
We had some friends visit for a few days and I tried out this recipe for making brown rice and I LOVED it!!!! This is definitely my new go to recipe for brown rice!
OVEN BROWN RICE:
1 1/2 cups brown rice
2 1/3 cups water
2 teaspoons unsalted butter or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread rice in an 8-inch square baking dish.
2. Bring water and butter or oil to a boil, either in a saucepan or in the microwave. Keep an eye on it and take it off heat immediately after it starts boiling. Immediately stir in salt and pour water over rice in baking dish. Cover baking dish tightly with 2 layers of foil, or heavy-duty foil. Transfer baking dish to oven and bake rice until tender, about 1 hour.
3. Remove baking dish from oven and uncover. Fluff rice with fork, then cover dish with kitchen towel and let rice stand for 5 minutes. uncover and let rice stand 5 minutes longer. Serve immediately.
We also made these for dinner last night and they were easy and great…and super healthy!
All we did was:
cut up some zucchini, and a few different kinds of squash, cut up some strips of chicken, seasoned it all, wrapped it in tin foil and grilled it for about 20 minutes and ….done!
This is now another easy go-to summer meal for us!
So, it has been awhile ….how is your summer going?
How is your training going?
Any favorite summer recipes for Squash and zucchini?