Recovery Week?

I say recovery week with a question mark because I had no intentions of barely working out this week. I guess my race last weekend really sucked every ounce of energy out of me because I was flat out exhausted to the point of falling asleep on the subway every night this week! I sometimes forget 9.3 miles is only a little shorter than a half marathon! Besides my short recovery workout Monday morning and teaching Spin Tuesday morning, I rested until today. And I feel ready to rock. I did rock, a 3 mile run and taught a Spin class. Boom!

This week felt very holiday-spirited to me despite being miserable from the draining stress of my job. Retail during the holiday season after 10 years just doesn’t get easier. If anything, getting older just makes it harder emotionally. Lots of love was in the air and some of my co-workers gave me very nice gifts and cards. Plus I received a card in the mail from one of my favorite people I don’t get to see enough since she lives in Alaska, a.k.a Rochester, NY. I came home to it after one of the worst nights this week and it made me feel so much better knowing that in some of the toughest times of my life (not just because of work!) I have really great people supporting me.

photo 1 (1) photo 1

When things are really tough, just try to be extra kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for missing workouts or slacking off on eating healthy (um, hello. I’ve eaten so much sugar in the last week it’s really almost embarrassing.. almost.). Just do your best to make as many good choices as you can, and know that you have what it takes to get back to being more consistent. Also, get a mani/pedi.

photo 2

photo 3

Ignore my ugly feet please. No amount of pedicures can help them. I seriously thanked this woman about 215 times. It was the ultimate thing to get at the end of a long week, except my week is not over because I work all weekend. The only thing Christmas means to me these days is a guaranteed paid day off of work and eating good food.

I crawled in bed at 10 last night and was absolutely starving, having not eaten since like 5:30. I grabbed the leftovers of my turkey chili, toasted a piece of bread and put some sea salt on it and ate it cold. Desperate times are actually pretty delicious 😉

photo 1 (1)

And last but not least, an early Christmas present from the great people at Fitletic! I have wanted to try a running belt for so long but every time I try them on at a store and run around with it (please tell me I’m not the only one who literally tests out running items in the store?) it felt awful. Bulky, not tight enough, too tight, etc. They sent me the Neoprene Double Pouch with a hydration add-on bottle. I will do a full review next month after some more runs and after I use it in my next half marathon! I tested it this morning though and can say I did like it!

photo 2 (1)

 

The fact that this outfit had me drenched in sweat 6 minutes into my run means it was almost 60 degrees and it’s December 21st. WTF.

Enjoy your holiday weekend, loves!

What do you do to treat yourself during tough times?

Have you ever ran with a belt/hydration belt?

Amazing Turkey Chili

I mentioned recently that my food obsession lately has been turkey chili. I ate it every day for lunch before I was off for a week and then decided late Friday night to finally use the ingredients I bought at Trader Joe’s earlier to make my own and save some moolah. I based it off of this recipe but tweaked a few things so I will write out what I used below:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped up
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (28 ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes– this kind is really sweet & my favorite!! They come peeled inside not crushed so you have to crush them up in the chili yourself
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 heaping tablespoons chili powder (i like it super spicy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

You just heat the oil in a large saucepan and then throw the turkey in to get it cooking. Cook it until it starts to brown then throw in the onion and cook for a few more minutes. After it was getting soft, I added in the liquids and all the seasonings. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for 30-40 minutes. I let it simmer a little longer so it would thicken up because I love thick chili!

I’m still new to cooking so I don’t know exactly how to figure out serving sizes? I put all the information into MyFitnessPal and said it made 6 servings (1 cup) so each serving is 200 calories. I have eaten 1.5 servings (1.5 cups) 3 times so far and still have 1.5 servings left- anyone want to do the math on that if 6 actual servings was correct?

Top it with some 2% plain greek yogurt and hot sauce if you want to burn your mouth off.

photo 4

 

Even better the next few days! If you make this let me know how you like it! 🙂

Other random delicious eats from my weekend:

photo 2 (1)

 

Chicken, onion & goat cheese omelet (SO GOOD), salad & potatoes at Le Grainne Cafe for brunch on Friday.

photo 1 (1)

 

Crazy strong french iced coffee with the beautiful soy swirl.

photo 2 (2)

 

Spinach, apple, pear and ginger juice. I rarely get these but I’ve been so sick the last week I just felt I needed some extra nutrients.

photo 3 (1)

 

Had to travel down to the Chobani in Soho to try their seasonal pumpkin creation! Plain greek yogurt, pumpkin butter, cranberries, walnuts and gingersnap pieces. Incredible.

What’s your favorite kind of chili? Turkey, beef, chicken or vegetarian?

Is It Next Year Yet?

Watching the NYC Marathon on Sunday has made me SO excited for me to run it next year! However that excitement has not yet turned into motivation because it’s now day 9 of not working out and I still have NO desire to 😦 I feel like a huge blanket of exhaustion is just covering me and I want to do nothing but sleep and eat some soup. I’m guessing the reason I feel so exhausted is due to the lack of working out. Funny how that works, eh? Ugh, I need to stop over sleeping and get my ass up. Just to keep it real I have to admit this for both embarrassment reasons and also just because it’s kind of a good example, but I woke up late today and still hurried down to the gym to see what I could fit in. The trains were of course delayed big time so I didn’t get to the gym until 7:30, had a horrible stomach ache for 15 minutes so… yeah, then had just enough time to run 1 mile. Well I didn’t even GPS track it because I only had 10 minutes so it was probably more like 0.80 miles. Better than 0 I know but that is NOT what I call a comeback.

Movin’ on… some pictures from our spectating on Sunday.

photo 1 (5)

 

That was the crazy crowd on 1st Ave and 63rd St. The runner’s are passing mile 16 here I believe.

photo 2 (3)

 

photo 3 (4)

 

One of my favorite spots to watch, where the runners come into Manhattan for the first time!

photo 5 (3)

 

Mile 25!

photo 1 (6)

 

The 1/2 mile left sign was giving me a stomach ache and anxiety. I HATE that part of any race so much. I am not good at pushing myself at the end of a race until I have about 25 feet til the finish line.

I definitely shed a tear when I saw Ali at mile 25. The fact that she has battled Crohn’s disease SO bad this year, was barely able to train and didn’t know for sure up til 2 days before if she would even be able to get to the start line and then still ran it sub-4. FREAKING amazing! I simply can’t wait for next year.

Since we were outside in the freezing cold for a few hours, we decided to head down to Soho and warm up with a cute little tea and scone date at Harney & Sons. We are so corny, we know.

photo 2 (4)

 

I had soy chai latte and John had something I just call soup in a cup. It tastes like grass, not a fan. The scones were just slightly flavored vanilla and I slathered them in that yummy jam.

In other news, I am full on obsessed with turkey chili. I haven’t made my own yet (read: so damn lazy) but I’ve been getting it at Fresh & Co for lunch and it’s SO FREAKING GOOD and pretty low calorie. I have a week off from work and besides going to Boston FINALLY to see my babes Mark and Lauren, we were too poor for a real vacation so my other fun will be making chili for the first time. I am a party animal.

Have you ever watched the NYC Marathon in person or on TV?

Have you ever made your own chili? If so what’s your favorite recipe? I like it super spicy and thick! (TWSS) 😉