Month: January 2015

Olive Oil & Herb Crackers

I love running, and the more I run, the more I want to snack. I try to stick to a whole foods, plant-based diet, and limit the amount of processed foods I’m eating. I typically feel more energized when sticking with this type of diet, but it can also be difficult for me to eat this way if I don’t have healthy options on hand that I know will satisfy my cravings. If I get snacky, I usually reach for something highly-processed like Saltines or pretzels. Making these crackers ahead of time is a great way to have a nutrient-dense snack handy throughout the week and as an added bonus, the recipe is an easy way to use up any of the pulp leftover from homemade almond milk (If you don’t have your own almond pulp lying around, you can also use almond meal from the grocery store.) After making a ton of almond milk and having way too much leftover almond meal lying around, I came up with this recipe. …and as an added …

80/20 Base Training Recap: Week 1

This week is the first time I ever attempted the 80/20 method. I’m really enjoying it so far! Monday: Speed Play Workout I love that the PEAR app provides coaching throughout the entire run! It was great to know exactly when to change up my intensity zones without having to remember. With the app coaching me the whole way I didn’t really have to think, which I appreciated since the speed intervals took away all of my energy (note: I’m only doing the beginner version…so out of shape…). The app even told me my pace, calories burned, and total distance, which I wasn’t expecting. It was difficult to keep track of my heart rate zone without a heart rate monitor, however. I was constantly looking down at my Garmin to see if I was on pace in the low intensity zones and it kept fluctuating drastically the whole time. Either way, if I get serious about this type of training and find that it’s working for me, I may end up investing in a heart …

Winter

Half Marathon Base Training

I finally signed up for a spring half marathon a couple of months ago! I was looking at different training plans for a while and I think I’m going to try 80/20 running this time around. Last weekend, I met up with Amanda and Jess for a run along the Charles and Amanda told me about a training method where the goal is to do 80 percent of your runs at a low intensity and 20 percent at a high intensity. As someone who is injury-prone, I was pretty excited to hear about the 80/20 method and started reading more about it. This type of training, developed by coach and sports nutritionist, Matt Fitzgerald, puts less strain on your body while allowing you to build up your strength, ultimately reducing the risk of injury. If you follow the plan, you’re expected to exercise 6-7 times a week and you can alternate between cross training and running as long as your moderate-high intensity workouts are runs. Although this type of training focuses on remaining in a …