Thursday, May 30, 2013

Farm Share & Garden Update!

We're 4 weeks into our farm share and swimming in greens! Kale, spinach, mustard greens, basil and more... let's take a look:

I've never been a huge fan of rye bread, but this was delicious!

Since I've failed at taking pictures while using these foods, I'll just say we've been eating a lot of salads and stir fry! The spearmint was frozen into ice cubes to be used in tea later and the basil made into this vegan basil pesto. The mustard greens went into this curry with eggplant and rice.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Back to training and other life tid bits...

The weeks are clicking along pretty quickly and I can't believe it's been two weeks since my last post !(whooops). It's been a busy few weeks between training, work and trying to keep up with life in general...

Now that my 50k's from the spring are behind me and I'm fully recovered, training has picked up again.  Next weekend I'll be running the Wine Country Half Marathon in Leesburg, VA and the past two weeks have felt like a condensed blitz "let's see how hard you can run" training regime. While I have been looking forward to getting back to training, I haven't really done any intensely fast/hard workouts since late January. My poor legs don't know what hit them! I'm loving it, but for someone who's been running 50k's it's a definite shock to the body. I've NEVER felt this sore from running alone (lifting yes, but that's a different story).

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit home for the first time in 6+ months. It was blissful and busy! My mom and I picked strawberries in Pungo, a tradition from my childhood that I dearly miss:

14 lbs of strawberries picked in 45 minutes, not bad.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me!

This past weekend I celebrated my 26th Birthday doing all of the things that love dearly...

Saturday began with friends, waffles and a stroll downtown to check out the farmer's market and a yard sale...

After a lazy afternoon, the hubby, pup and I hit up the trails for a longish run of two hours. We kept it very easy and fun with lots of pictures along the way...
The BEST trail buddy

Kenya makes for great company too :)

Rock jumping...

Dancing and singing...why not?

Smiles all around!

The run started off sunny and ended with a thunderstorm. Probably not a great idea to be climbing a mountain during a storm, but we really had no choice in making it back to our car. Regardless, I LOVED it. 

Moving on to Sunday: Mother's Day & my Birthday!

After an early morning trip to the grocery store, the hubby and I enjoy breakfast on the porch while soaking up the sun. After a rainy week here in Blacksburg, I really was praying for a sunny day so I could be outside!

I spent the remainder of the morning cooking up a few dishes in the kitchen (including a delicious strawberry greek yogurt cheesecake, recipe to folloe soon). Once the temperature had risen a bit I headed out with the hubby to enjoy my birthday gift to myself:

It's been 7 long months since I've taken my beloved Serrotta for a spin...and cycling in this valley was one of the main draws of us coming back to live in Blacksburg. Endless miles of green pastures, horses, cows and even the occasional wild turkey, streams, mountains, abundant sunshine... What's not to love? 

Last year I celebrated my birthday in a big way by running my age (25 miles), starting this blog and becoming vegetarian. This year was definitely a lot more laid back and I'm okay with that. I guess though I should be wishing a happy first birthday to this blog! Yea! I'm looking forward to seeing what the next year brings...

The weekend's workouts were relaxed and all play, exactly what I need before ramping it up again starting this next week. It's been a LONG time since I've had a steady period of structured workouts and I'm really looking forward to getting back into the groove of training hard!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Riverstone Farm Share: Week 1

I'm happy to report that we've officially picked up our first farm share package! I'm pretty stoked about our grab bag of goodies-- leave it to a dietitian to be giddy about a bag full of vegetables. Our veggies are coming from Floyd, VA, just about 45 minutes to the south of Blacksburg. Since we enrolled in the enhanced "Taste of Floyd" package, we will also be receiving farm fresh eggs, locally roasted coffee from Red Rooster Coffee Roaster and a loaf of bread from Sweet Water Baking Co, which produces wood fired organic baked goods.

While at the famers market, we also picked up a few more plants for our patio garden: A hillbilly heirloom tomato plant, pepper plant and jalapeno plant. They'll stay inside for a few more weeks before we permanently plant them outside.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Tofu, Spinach & Artichoke Scramble

After a busy April and last weekend's Promise Land 50k, I was relieved to have a weekend to sit around and do nothing. Really, it was amazing to just lie around and decompress a bit... everyone needs that from time to time! That being said, I did take advantage of a yard sale near by and took a stroll to the farmer's market to pick up our first CSA share! The yard sale proved to be fruitful: I picked up a bunch of Hokie household goods for way cheaper than retail, all which were brand new! My favorite find, this VT tiffany lamp for $20 (normally retails for over $100!)

VT is slowly taking over our house, which is fine :D
Anyway, I don't know why but lately I've been hooked on artichokes. I could put them on just about anything. And since giving up eggs, I've been searching for a suitable alternative to my beloved breakfast scramble. I dare say this scramble exceeds any egg combination I've made in the past. The tofu takes on the flavor of the other ingredients and pairs well with the creamy texture of avocado. 

I've been eating this most mornings alongside my green smoothies. A double dose of greens for breakfast makes for a great start to the day :D

Tofu, Spinach & Artichoke Scramble

1 package frozen spinach (10oz)

1 can artichoke hearts (14.5oz)

1 package firm tofu

1/4 cup mozzarella cheese (I used daiya brand: dairy free)

1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)

1 tsp garlic powder

Oregano seasoning and pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, mash the tofu with a fork. Combine with thawed spinach and roughly chopped artichoke hearts. Mix in the flavorings: the aminos, garlic powder, cheese and spices.

Measure out 1 cup and saute over medium-high heat just as you would scrambled eggs. I like mine paired with some avocado toast!

Almost looks like eggs... not quite though.

I'm sure you could substitute eggs for the tofu, I just haven't tried. One batch of this will get me through the entire week which definitely makes for easy mornings. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Rest, Recovery and the Next Big Goal...

It's now been four days post-50k and all considering I'm feeling pretty good! A bit tired, but working overtime the past 3 days has certainly not helped with that.

The mental fatigue from the weekend made for a rough Monday at work. Not only was I exhausted, I had about zero brain power to tackle the long list of tasks that welcomed me after a 3 day weekend. The result? I was there 10 hours for what probably should have taken 6. Oh well. That evening, I was able to unwind with a sunset walk with the pup and husband and it was truly the best way to loosen up my legs. Never mind that the view was incredible:

Sun setting over the mountains. I <3 Blacksburg.

Tuesday I went for a morning swim. I used to hate the water, but for some reason I find it therapeutic these days? It wasn't a productive workout but splashing around was fun. That evening we enjoyed another short stroll this time with a little fro-yo treat.

I kept it healthy-ish with sorbet, fruit and granola.

By the time Wednesday rolled around I was SO excited to run. The sun was shining and I really just wanted to be outside and moving, no matter the pace. And of course no recovery is complete without signing up for a new race... so yesterday I bit the bullet and signed up for my first 50 miler and the final stop in the Lynchburg Ultra Series:

Mountain Masochist Trail Run (November 2, 2013)

I'm glad I waited to look at the elevation profile until AFTER I signed up. Yea, feeling a bit terrified right now:

The husband and I are suppose to run together which should be fun! My dad will serve as my crew too (though I;m not sure he knows that yet, haha). It will be my longest race ever, likely 9+ hours. On the bright side, this will make Boston feel like a walk in the park... At least I hope? I guess it doesn't really matter at this point... Fun times ahead...

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