Tag Archives: food and nutrition

Oh Snap!

Here’s a shocker: this is not a triathlon-training heavy post. Oh snap! These check-ins have not be happening consistently—partly because my day-to-day is routine and partly because work is still semi-unresolved.

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April acquisitions bring May transitions. Starting to nest in the new office.

April brought a lot of changes and stressful moments, which made tri training even more important; pedaling it out, running it out, and even swimming it out helped clear my head, keep me grounded, and focus on the present (and the feeling, of course).

#MatchRace

This past weekend, I helped Tailwind Endurance plan its Inaugural Match Race, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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We had four teams of three people compete by riding one loop of the Ironman Coeur d’Alene bike course. As the party warlord, I made sure we had plenty of snacks, swag, and raffle items, and we also organized a swabbing station so folks could register for the national registry. In total, we raised about $2,500, and we’re already talking about hosting another this fall.

#NomadStatus

Lately, I’ve been overcome by the urge to travel: Boulder, Austin, Seattle … or Alaska … or South Africa. Granted, I go places for races, but I really want to visit an exotic destination with the intention of experiencing everything (and not swimming, biking, and running). Anyone up for a trip?

#Noms

This is not something I’ve been keeping secret, but it is something I have not been broadcasting: for Lent, I gave up red meat, chicken, turkey, etc. I thought a lot about this decision, and the 40-day period seemed to be a good time to give it a shot. Full disclosure: I am still eating fish and am trying to eat more of a plant-based diet. So if a label is necessary, let’s call it a “plant-strong pescatarian diet.”

There have been two slipups—the most notable of which occurred after racing the South Beach Triathlon when I took a flying leap off the wagon at Yardbird with fried chicken—but I have maintained this eating plan. It’s been relatively easy to eat this way for a few reasons. One, I’ve never been a big chicken person. Two, I don’t deny myself meat, but honestly, I don’t crave it. And if you don’t crave it, why eat it? And three, I feel great from a training standpoint. Knock on wood, my workouts continue to go well, and I’m recovering better/quicker/more effectively. I also don’t become sleepy after eating kale, quinoa, and peppers at lunch. (At this point, I should note that although leaning out did not drive this decision, I have lost about eight pounds. That’s another post, though, so I’ll leave it at that for now.)

#GoingLong

One night in April, I had a dream I was doing a 70.3. “Was it a good dream?” asked Coach Pat. “Was it a dream or a nightmare?” asked Earl. Guys—I was rocking it. In my mind, the only discipline holding me back right now is the run, but Coach Pat and I are working on getting it dialed in. Maybe this jump will happen sooner rather than later.

#WannabeSwimmer

I almost, almost signed up for a swim meet.

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My actual swimmer coworker even filled out part of the form for me. One of these days, though!

#BlackSheepStatus

Because I’ve taken a piecemeal approach to training—swimming with the Bearcats, biking at Tailwind, and running with Coach Pat—there were some people who were not psyched I was hanging out with the team in South Beach. I’d rather not talk about dynamics, but this trip really shed light on the friendships that transcend triathlon—those folks know who they are, and I’m extremely grateful to have them in my corner.

#ProudAthlete

Speaking of Coach Pat, he crushed The North Face Endurance Challenge New York at Bear Mountain this past weekend: He ran 50 miles in 8:59, and PR’ed!

So what’s going on with you?

Neither Here Nor There

Happy Friday, friends!  Was this week incredibly busy for you too?  I have lots of updates to share, but since everything does not fall under the “random training thoughts” umbrella, I figured a new title seemed appropriate.

Guess who got a big-girl promotion!

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Not in reference to said promotion, but still funny. ‘What?  That’s totally crazy!  I am super chill all the time!’

I’ve been doing community outreach for a while and absolutely loving it, but I wanted to take on more responsibility—and I got my wish!  Now in addition to doing outreach for my store specifically, I’m also in charge of managing partnerships with clubs, teams, and charities, plus I’ll be doing a lot of type-A/logistical stuff:  staffing expos, coordinating volunteers, etc.  I’ll still work the floor a bit—it’s important to interact with runners, listen to their input, know our products, etc.—but I’ll mostly be a “real person” now.

With SoBe rapidly approaching, I’ve been dialing in my nutrition.  I know it’s a sensitive topic in both the endurance and blogging worlds, and I don’t want to get into it too much right now.  That being said, though, it is astonishing how fueling adequately—pre-, during, and post-workout—makes a difference.  Again, this calls for its own post, but my run has finally started to click, and I think it’s because I’ve leaned out over the past few weeks.

My Slice will make its maiden outdoor voyage tomorrow.  Again, with SoBe only 22 days away, I need to get comfortable riding in aero.  Or at least ride without falling off.  That’s the goal right now.

Can we talk about “House of Cards” for a second?  My normal jams include “Parks and Recreation” (obviously), “30 Rock,” and “The Office,” but holy cow, why did it take me so long to hop on this bandwagon?  Who would’ve thought a comedy-lover like me would enjoy a political thriller?

That’s all I’ve got today.  Have a great weekend!

What Do You Eat In A Week?

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, friends!  Do you have any fun plans?  I’m working Saturday and Monday, but I hope to get in a longer bike ride with some teammates on Sunday.  Fingers crossed the weather cooperates.

A few weeks ago, Jen at Peanut Butter Runner wrote a post about Mary Roach’s book Gulp.  In an interview with NPR, Roach said the average American eats about 30 different foods per week.  This statistic changes if you’re traveling and eating outside your home, but she said 30 is the average for most of us.

I started thinking about my personal eating habits, and as you know, I’m such a creature of habit.  There is some variety in my diet, but I mostly eat the same snacks and meals.  Hey, I know what I like!  Here’s a look at what I typically consume each week:

Breakfast

1.  Egg whites

2.  Spinach

3.  Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread

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4.  Greek yogurt

5.  Oats

6.  Bananas

7.  Strawberries

8.  Blueberries

9.  Chia Seeds

10.  Kale

*Protein Powder – technically not a “whole food”

Lunch

11.  Quinoa

12.  Peppers (red, orange, yellow)

13.  Black beans

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14.  Carrots

15.  Apples

16.  Turkey

17.  Avocado

18.  Almonds

Dinner

19.  Salmon

20.  Tilapia

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21.  Peas

22.  Sweet potatoes (roasted)

23.  Sushi

Dessert

24.  Frozen grapes

25.  Frozen mango (specifically from Trader Joe’s—so delicious!)

26.  Dark chocolate

Snacks/miscellaneous

27.  Almond butter

28.  Peanut butter

29.  Almond milk

30.  Salsa

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So, I clock in at the average of 30, which is a pleasant surprise considering my day-to-day meals look very similar.  This can be attributed to food-prep Sundays; it’s so easy to roast a ton of sweet potatoes and make a batch of spicy black bean quinoa and eat it throughout the week.  Also, since starting triathlon training in January, I’ve discovered my body responds well to these foods, and that’s one of the reasons I hesitate to branch out.  I should also note this is an extremely “clean” week for me.  Mighty Montauk is only two weeks away, so I’ve made a conscious effort to fuel accordingly.  When I don’t have a race right around the corner, items like Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter (currently my ultimate demise) will definitely make the list.  Anyway, as the saying goes:  “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  I do need to experiment more in the kitchen, though; you know what they say:  “Variety is the spice of life.”  I would argue cayenne pepper is the ultimate spice of life, but that’s beside the point.

What do you typically eat each week?  Are you a fan of meal-prep Sundays?

Two Years Ago

On Jan. 5, 2011, two years ago today, I woke up at an ungodly hour, went to the train station, and rode five and a half hours to New York City; I caught a cab to JFK airport, boarded a flight that headed across the pond, and “woke up”—I didn’t really sleep—in London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Two years ago today, my semester abroad in London began, and it changed my life.

Unlike some of my classmates, I didn’t live with a host family, but rather stayed in a dumpy cozy flat our program owned.  For four months, I slept in a bunk bed, my first time since sleep away camp.

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Unlike some study abroad programs, London didn’t offer rigorous courses, but rather classes that were city-specific like “Food, Society, and Culture,” which examined the history of British food and “Sporting London,” which examined the future host of the 2014 Olympics. (I’ll be the first to admit “studying abroad” is a misleading term; there really wasn’t any studying.)

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I didn’t go abroad with my best friends or even close friends, but rather with 11 other students, some of whom I knew of (but didn’t really know), and others whom I never spoke to prior to the trip.  People from my college know just how wack and cray atypical the 2011 London Study Abroad Program eventually became, but even with some tough times (to put it mildly), I still:

Took a day trip to Stonehenge.

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Listened to Colin Firth talk about “The King’s Speech.”

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Turned the big 2-1.

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Posed for some funny pictures, including this one at Chelsea Football Club.

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Went to Wales for a long weekend.

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Visited Wimbledon.

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Traveled to Windsor Castle (and Oxford, Warwick Castle, and Stratford-upon-Avon) when my parents visited.

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Escaped to Bath, England twice—first with friends (we went to the Roman Baths), and then again when my aunt and uncle visited.

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Spent a weekend in Paris, France.

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Walked Abbey Road.

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And enjoyed some shenanigans.

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Two years ago today, I was a junior in college.  I didn’t consider myself a runner, and I didn’t know if I wanted to pursue sports or diet and fitness journalism.  While abroad, though, I began running again, hurrying home from my internship so I could log miles in Hyde Park.  I also became interested in food and nutrition—and realized I didn’t want to write game recaps ever again.  People say how pivotal studying abroad can be, and 730 days later, I can honestly say I don’t know if I’d be starting my big-girl almost job on Monday (woohoo!)—or swimming, biking, and running—if I hadn’t lived in London.  It’s like the art of the trajectory: “Retiring” from basketball gave me the green light to study abroad, which lead me back to running, which in turn sparked my interest in learning about food, nutrition, and healthy eating; as they say, the rest is history.

Where were you two years ago today?