Zombie Mud Run

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To celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary, my hubby and I decided to do last Saturday’s  Zombie Escape from Panic Point.  It was a lot of fun!  It’s a 5K mud run. Through 20 obstacles and mud, you have to negotiate the course while avoiding zombies along the way. You have 3 flags (flag football belts), and you have to cross the finish line with one flag to not finish “infected.” If you lose all 3 flags a long the way, you can get more flags by doing a physical challenge ( burpees, sit ups, push ups).  Jeff was a beast and only lost 1. I lost my first 3 quickly, then got 3 more and lost those 3 and got 2 more and crossed with 1. The zombies can’t chase you once you pass them. I would attempt to just go around them. Jeff obviously had a better strategy.

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From the onset you get muddy. I am talking red clay muddy. There aren’t many water obstacles, so you don’t really get clean until near the end of the course (a pond swim). All the obstacles were similar to the Tough Mudder. The only downside for me was that it was cold. I was shaking the entire time. Which makes me wonder if I even want to do our local Tough Mudder in November. Shaking for 12 miles will not be fun!

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Zombie Escape was a great local run. I will totally do it again next year!

 

Yesterday’s Workout

I ran/walked 3 miles. I really pushed myself. I chose a not so hilly area and I improved my overall mile average. I also ran for longer stretches. I find that I still need to find a consistent pace. I am all over the place still. I then worked out with my trainer and he had me do the Kelly CrossFit benchmark WOD. It was not fun especially after running before hand.

3 miles run/walk

Kelly

5 Rounds For Time

Run 400m

30 box jumps (20 inch box) I jump for the first 2 rounds, but I step up for the rest of the rounds. My legs were wrecked. I didn’t want to fall on my face.

30 wall balls (14 lb ball)

This was the best workout I had, done in a couple of weeks. I felt accomplished for the rest of the day.

 

Just Run…

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…or walk today in honor of those that were not able to finish yesterday. Better yet sign up for local race today and finish it in their honor, because YOU CAN!  Acts like these will not break us. It will make us STRONGER!  My thoughts and prayers go out to those that were hurt yesterday. My condolences to the families that lost someone yesterday. Such a senseless act of terror.

Garlic Lime Chicken Thighs with Asparagus and Couscous

The other day I was lost with what to do with the chicken thighs I had. Thankfully my Sissy gave me some inspiration. She told me to braise them with some garlic, lemon and some chicken stock. I didn’t have lemon, but I had lime. My creative juices started and I made the following delicious dinner.

Ingredients:

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Boneless chicken thighs, olive oil, 2 big limes, a whole head of garlic (peeled), 2 cups of chicken stock,  Tastefully Simple Spinach Dill Mix, garlic salt, pepper, bunch of asparagus ( trimmed and cut in about 1 inch pieces) and box of couscous.

1) Heat olive oil  on medium high heat in big pan (I used a Provence herb infused olive oil). While oil is heating shake garlic salt and spinach dill mis on thighs. Finish off with a little pepper.

2) Once oil is heated place thighs in pan. Heath through until no longer pink. About 6-8 minutes. While chicken is cooking. Cut garlic in silvers.

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3) Take a citrus squeezer and squeeze the limes over the chicken, add the chicken stock and asparagus.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer for 10-12 min.

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4) Serve with couscous or rice. Enjoy!

Today’s Workout

Now that the weather is nicer, I have started to run outside again.  I have not consistently run outside since the fall. Let me tell you how humbling it is for me. I can’t even get through a mile without stopping to catch my breath right now. It’s actually really frustrating, because I know I can do better.  At the end of last fall I was running more efficiently and had more endurance. The first mile is always killer. I need to not let it get me down and to remind myself that the second mile is much easier. I know I will get there again and the only way to get there is to get outside and run! NO MORE TREADMILLS!

Here is my work out for today. I really liked the WOD my trainer made me do today.

ran/walk 2 miles on a trail behind my gym

Then chipper WOD with trainer
15 push presses (45 lbs)
25 push ups
15 hang cleans (45 lbs)
25 jumping pull ups
20 dead lifts (45 lbs)
25 box jumps
Row calories (2x your age….for me 72 calories. FYI it took forever!)

Have a happy mid-week tomorrow!

WOD with My Oldest

In the last few months, my 9 1/2 year old son has taken an interest in fitness. Ever since he was 3 1/2 he has been involved in some sort of team sport or activity (swim lessons, Taekwondo). To encourage this new-found interest of everyday fitness we got him a kid membership to the gym and have signed him up for a kids TRX class that meets twice a week. My husband also does push ups and sit ups with him at night a couple of times a week.

Saturday mornings are now mother and son workout sessions, which I  throughly enjoy. Being that he is only 9 he is really limited to what equipment he is allowed to use. It is pretty much just cardio machines. Up until today we would workout next to each other on a cardio machine. Since the weather was so nice this morning,  I made up a quick running based WOD. Outside by our gym the route they have the meters marked off is great, because it has a sizable hill at the end. It really has helped me build some endurance and speed and I hope it does the same for my son.

Run 800m (rest 30 sec-1 min)
1 min plank
20 squats
Run 500m (rest 30 sec-1min )
1 min plank
20 squats
Run 300m (rest 30 sec-1min)
1 min plank
20 squats

Don’t forget to stretch at the end!

He did great! I was impressed he could hold a decent plank for a minute. It took me a while to build up to that. When it was said and done we had run a mile, held plank for 3 min and did 60 squats all in about 30 min. If you want to do this I would take out the rest time. I included it so he could recover from the running and not make the workout seem horrible for him. In the end he had fun!

I hope you all have a great Saturday!

 

Hey Mom! Can We Get Some Meat Loaf?!?!

This week I am clearing out the cupboards, freezer and fridge. I do this every now and again. I had some ground beef in the freezer and since we already had a mexican inspired dinner this week, along with spaghetti. I decided to make some meatloaf. Of course, when I said this to my husband he immediately referenced the following scene from Wedding Crashers. If you choose to click on the scene, please note that is does have some bad language.

Believe it or not, I have never made meatloaf before. Click here to see the recipe I used as an inspiration. Below is what I did last night.

Mom!! Where’s The Meatloaf? recipe

Ingredients: 2 turns of olive oil, 1 shallot (or red onion) chopped, half of red pepper chopped, 2 lbs of grass-fed beef (you can use regular this is what I had), 2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce (divided), 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, few squeezes of ketchup, 3 teaspoons of Tastefully Simple seasoned salt, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 2 large eggs lightly beaten, 1(8 ounce) tomato sauce, 3 tablespoon tomato paste, 1 squeeze of ketchup

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

1) Heat oil in skillet. Add shallots and red pepper. Sauté for about 6 min or until soft.

2) Combine shallot/pepper mix with beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt (you can really any seasoning you have that sounds good), ketchup and garlic powder. Mix well. I used my hands.

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3) In a lightly greased loaf pan (Yes, I used a loaf pan I didn’t create a loaf myself on a baking pan. I cheated.) evenly place beef mixture in. Place in oven for 45 minutes

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4) While meatloaf is in oven mix tomato sauce, tomato paste, remaining Worcestershire sauce.

5) After the meatloaf has been in the oven for 45 min, take it out ( I also used this time to drain some of the grease from the pan) and evenly pour the mixture over meatloaf. Put meatloaf back in oven for  10-15 minutes or until middle in no loner pink (one drawback of making it in the loaf pan was seeing if it was ready).

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6) When you take meatloaf out let it rest for 10 min

Everyone loved it. Since it is cleaning out the fridge, pantry, freezer week I didn’t pair it with anything exciting (that is why I didn’t take a pic of it plated). It was french fries and peas tonight. On another occasion I would do maybe a sweet potato or potato hash with kale or even mashed potatoes and green beans or asparagus. The side options are really endless. I am going to file it away for fall recipes. It’s a wonderful comfort food. It worked tonight, because it had been an unseasonably cold and rainy day.