Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Little MIA

If you read this blog regularly, you know I've been a little MIA lately.  The truth is, I've been feeling really unmotivated and I just...didn't want to talk about it.  Between school stress, job search stress, and life stress I've been eating badly, skipping workouts, and while I haven't done an official weigh in in several weeks, I can tell from my clothes that I've gained some weight.  I was feeling angry and disappointed with myself and instead of doing the constructive thing and using this blog as an outlet, I've been bottling it all up and pretending it isn't there.  It's not helping, so today I decided to get myself back on track.

My half marathon is still a month away and I decided that at the rate I was going I would never be ready in time.  For today's run I decided to try the Jeff Galloway run walk run method because I think it will be gentler on my knee and because it will make my long runs less of a mental battle. The idea is that you do your runs in intervals.  For example, if you want to run 12 minute miles, you would run for two minutes walk for one minute, lather, rinse, and repeat.  I still don't intend to aim for a time goal for my half, but I decided to aim for 13 minute miles on this run and see how I did. My intervals were run 1 minute, walk 1 minute.  The verdict?  I liked it! Nine miles is a really long way no matter what, but I felt less fatigued when I finished than I have been feeling after my long runs.  Furthermore, my knee didn't hurt as much as it has been after I run.  I think that for the remainder of my training I am going to stick with the intervals and hopefully I can get through all 13.1 miles on race day!

My lunch was the best thing I've made in a long time so I thought I would share.  It's my take on a Korean dish called japchae.  I pinned this recipe a while ago, but didn't get around to making it until today.  I'm so glad I did!  I recently bought a kitchen gadget called a spiralizer that allows you to turn vegetables into noodles.  For this dish I used it to make sweet potato noodles and then stir fried it in toasted sesame oil with shredded carrots, onion, baby spinach, and roast beef.  The recipe is supposed to include mushrooms, but I forgot to buy them.  Oh well.  I also added garlic.  I'm rebellious like that.  Toward the end I added in real maple syrup, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes, all to taste.  It turned out great, and I will definitely make it again.  And not just because I bought three big sweet potatoes.  What delicious things have you been cooking lately?

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