There’s a First Time for Everything, Right?

On Saturday, I dropped out of my first race. Ever. At mile 8.

In retrospect, running the St. Michael’s Half Marathon was probably a bad idea. I sort of knew that on the Tuesday leading up to it.

I’d been dealing with what I thought was calf pain for two weeks, and learned today that the pain isn’t even in my calf: it’s originating from my inner knee! More specifically,  my MCL and/or my meniscus is inflamed. The prescription: Rest, ice, and anti-inflammatories. Nothing serious. WHEW!

My chiropractor reconfirmed that I am, indeed, a smarter runner now. Two years ago, I would’ve kept going. Stopping midway was the right thing to do. Had I continued, I could have sprained or torn my MCL. EEEEEK!

Today I’m feeling much better about the situation and I look forward to rebounding. The prize is Chicago in October, so I’ve got to stay focused on that while working on self love. I am extremely hard on myself and it’s unkind. My yoga teacher shared a quote with me a few years ago, and it’s during these times I return to it:

“For every time you judge yourself, you break your own heart.”

Why punish myself repeatedly? There are no benefits.

The alternative? Realign the chakras and drop into radiance. (I’m working on it.)


Tasty Breakfast Recipes to Keep You Full

As some of you may know, I’m mildly obsessed with the Fit Men Cook food blog. I’ve incorporated about a half dozen of creator Kevin’s recipes into my weekly routine, the majority of them breakfasts. I want to share two of my favorites with you. They’re easy to prepare, cook quickly, and keep you full. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Hi-Energy Vegan Breakfast Quinoa
Servings: Up to 5
Nutrition Facts per Servings: 228 Calories, 6 grams protein, 32 grams carbs

Nom. Nom.

Nom. Nom.

2 cups cooked quinoa
1/3 cup dried cranberries (without added sugar)
1/3 cup dried cherries (without added sugar)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 TB cinnamon
Chilled unsweetened almond milk

1. Mix all ingredients together except for the almond milk.
2. Each morning, scoop 3/4 cup of quinoa mixture into a bowl and heat in a microwave or convection oven for no more than 1 minute.
3. Pour about 1/2 cup of almond milk over the heated mixture and enjoy.

NOTE: I like to eat this with a side of fresh berries.

Protein & Superfood Breakfast Casserole
Servings: 3 to 4
Nutrition Facts per Serving: 397 Calories, 46 grams of protein, 30 grams of carbs

Get in my belly immediately.

Get in my belly immediately.

4 tsp Maca powder (I use Navitas Naturals brand.)
1 lb. lean ground turkey meat
2 cups cooked quinoa
2/3 cups black beans
2 eggs, 3 egg whites
1 small zucchini
1 bell pepper
1/3 red onion (I omit.)
1 TB garlic or roughly 3 cloves, minced
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella
Optional: tomato slices and green onions (I omit both.)

1. Preheat your oven to 405 degrees.
2. Dice up your veggies.
3. Add eggs and egg whites to a bowl and lightly beat.
4. Cook turkey meat until no longer pink.
5. In a separate pan, add garlic and veggies and cook until tender but not mushy. Season with salt and pepper.
6. In a large bowl, add the turkey meat, cooked veggies, and cooked quinoa. Mix well.
7. Add the eggs to the mixture and incorporate well.
8. Add the Maca powder 1 teaspoon at a time and stir well. (I have found that doing it this way allows me to mix it in more thoroughly and completely.)
9. Spray an 8×8 deep casserole dish (not a brownie tin) with coconut oil and pour in the quinoa, veggie, and turkey mixture.
10. Top with shredded mozzarella and bake for 25 minutes.

NOTE: Great leftovers and easy to portion out! This dish grows more flavorful each day.

$210 Raised at Barre3 Charity Class

On Saturday, May 14, a small group of friends and family joined me at barre3 14th Street for a challenging 60-minute workout to get fit and raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In the end, we raised $210 in an hour! Not bad, right?

Thanks to everyone who showed up to support me!

Thanks to everyone who showed up to support me!

More exciting news:

It’s going to be a great training season!