Week 1 Mileage Break Down (Fitness Fridays)

I know this is me procrastinating, but I figured I’d give mileage break downs for the week. I don’t normally concern myself with the speed that I run, but instead keep track of mileage and where I run. I tend to prefer paved running paths or packed dirt. The trail I run is covered in gravel, which I find is a little slippery for me. I have weak knees so it aggravates them if I run more than a few miles on the gravel paths.

  • June 1- 2 miles, evening neighborhood run (sun setting, humid)
  • June 2- 2 miles, 11:00am trail run (sunny, hot)
  • June 3 – 3 miles, morning lake run (sunny)
  • June 4 – 1.5 miles, mid morning trail run (sunny)
  • June 5 – 3 miles, morning lake run (sunny)
  • June 6 – 3 miles, morning lake run (sunny)
  • June 7 – 3 miles, morning lake run (rainy)

Week 1 total: 17.5 miles

This week the weather was quite mild. The first two days were in the 80s and humid, but nothing terrible. I wore my Brooks PureFlow running shoes. I recently purchased the PureGrit in green and another in bright orange, so we’ll see how those work out. So far, these Brooks have been awesome so I’m excited to try more in the Pure Project.

For this coming week, I’m thinking about upping my mileage on at least one run during the week. Maybe swapping out one lake run for a longer 6 mile road run. We’ll see how I feel.

Hope you all are having a wonderful Friday!! What are your goals for the coming week??

Day 7 – One Week!

Hello hello my friends!!

Today has been amazing so far!! I did wake up later than I normally do, but I made it to the lake at 10:30 and bopped through my 3 miles. It was raining pretty hard, but like I promised “RAIN OR SHINE” so I ran. I was the only person at the park, but I loved every single minute of it. I saw an adorable duck with her adorable ducklings crossing my path, I saw some deer grazing in the woods, a beautiful swan fishing, and a bunch of these beautifully colored birds flitting through the air. It was amazing to just get out and run on my own, without anyone else on the path.

I always thought that running with other people made me faster, and that I enjoyed the competition of spotting a person and passing them… but I think I actually prefer today. It was quiet and beautiful and I could really focus on my running and just enjoying the absolutely gorgeous nature happening around me. I even danced a little at the end!

After my run, I ate a little and headed to run errands before hitting the library. I picked up a couple treats for myself to reward myself for the 7th day of my challenge. I just got here (the library) and the rain doesn’t look like it is going to let up, so I’m actually kind of excited to run again tomorrow in the absolutely quiet park in the rain.

Oh… and today, I wore spandex shorts, running tank, and hat from Nike. I topped off with a new rain jacket from GAP, which I am absolutely in love with. I found a similar one online in case you want one… go HERE. I bought it in an XL (I know… I’m a little nuts) but I like my running gear to be long and the hoods to be big, so I usually buy the biggest size. This one has scrunchy pulls so I can make it work.

What have you gotten into today? Did you see anything amazing? Do you like running in the rain??

Day 6 and Pumpkin Scones

Hello hello!

I ran 3 miles today. I kept a little bit of a faster pace and got a good work out in. I was actually pretty tired after this run, which is atypical. I sat on the dock in the lake where I ran and chatted with my new found friend while I stretched before heading home.

I didn’t feel like making anything so I picked up a salad and headed to the library. I don’t know what was up with that salad, but I felt terrible afterwards. I drank nearly a gallon of water trying to get rid of that dry, weird taste in my mouth before I gave up and came home. I ate some carrots and downed an electrolyte drink before taking nap… apparently that did the trick because I feel better. Anyway, lesson learned. No more store bought salads.

I also just noticed that I gave myself a good sunburn on my shoulders from sitting out on the dock… so sunblock for tomorrow for sure. Though, I’m told it will be raining so we’ll see how my run shakes out tomorrow.

In the mean time, I want to share a new scone recipe that I tried out. I know… I know… I have so many of these types of recipes on my blog, but since I do spend a rather large portion of my day sitting in the library, I like to have good food that is portable. I’ll do a separate blog post on what I take to the library, but that’ll have to be another day.

So… these are almond flour scones (again) but sweetened with a bit of maple syrup and fluffy from the delicious pumpkin puree. I used this recipe from The Spinach Spot. I just found her blog today, and it’s totally awesome!

I tweaked (as always) and swapped the baking soda for baking powder, added a palm full of hazelnut flour, and skipped on the frosting. They turned out fluffy, moist, and absolutely delicious. I do have quite a sweet tooth, so next time I’ll add a little more maple syrup… maybe chocolate chips or some dried fruit…..

So… what did you all do today? Any weird food experiences like mine? What do you like to avoid??

 

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(Sorry for the crap photos, I have terrible lighting in my kitchen and I didn’t try…. O.o)

 

One Thing At A Time (+Day 5)

At the beginning on the month, I challenged myself to run at least 2 miles every single day. So far, so good!! (Well… yesterday I only ran 1.5, but I made up for it by running 3 today).

Anyway, today I decided to do a little cleaning to get my closet in order to reflect my *new* healthy lifestyle of exercise every day. Man. I have to tell you… I have a problem. I know that I LOVE clothing, but I didn’t realize how much. Every single corner of my room is packed with clothing, shoes, and accessories. While I do wear and utilize almost every single thing I own, I also acknowledge that the sheer number of things I own is bordering on a “problem.” You know… the kind where someone sits you down and says “you have an addiction.”

I lived in a beautiful apartment with HUGE closets for the last three years, so it was easy to organize and hoard away… but now that I am living in a much smaller space, I have to manage my things much more carefully. I have to rotate out winter items and with this “rotating,” I’ve come to see that I have LOADS too many things. I’m getting together a huge box of things, and I’m going to donate them all to the Salvation Army. Someone out there will actually “need” some of these things and I certainly do not.

So. In addition to my 30 days of running/biking every day, I’m putting myself on a 100% clothing spending freeze and I am also taking the liberty of limiting my credit card access for food only. It might be a bit drastic, but having seen the sheer number of unnecessary and frivolous items I’ve accumulated over the years, I think it’s fair that I do without for quite some time.

What goals are you setting for yourself?

 

The Cold Brew Cacophony

For the past few years I’ve seen an increasingly large number of food posts harking the benefits of cold brewed coffee. The smoothness, the ease, the deliciousness… and you what to know what?

I DISAGREE.

I don’t drink coffee much. In fact, I made it through 3 years of boring, coma-inducing law lectures and I didn’t drink more than half a dozen cups. However, I can tell you what delicious coffee tastes like and it is NOT cold brewed.

Still, as a child of science (so many, many scientists in my family) I went about a quest for cold brew coffee this week. My kitchen counter was scattered with pitchers to soak ground coffee, coffee grounds, bags of good coffee, and filters. I made 3 batches of cold brew. Each, less satisfying than the last. I even froze coffee ice cubes to stir in so that no extra water would dilute my brew… and still. Nothing that knocked my socks off. The rich notes of caramel, dark chocolate, and that distinctly coffee flavor were just not present in my cold brews. I ended up with weak representations of coffee and  nearly an entire bag of coffee gone for a few tepid sips of light caramel coffee. And… before you tell me I need to use more beans,  I will tell you I did my research and I went about my cold brew in a methodical manner, and I am just not impressed.

So. This is my little discordant shout about cold brewed coffee… It’s just not all it’s cracked out to be.

I will tell you that my favorite method for good, strong, and delicious cold coffee is to French Press your favorite darkly roasted beans. Put it in a glass pitcher and chill it overnight. In the morning, pour out the amount you desire and shake it with cream (or milk, or condensed milk!) and enjoy. It’s the best way to get the darkly caramel-y coffee that is chilled and delicious. Throw some ice cubes in there on truly hot days.

Thirty Day Challenges – My ACTIVE 30 Day Challenge

I’ve been reading a lot of these “Thirty Day” challenges online… or thirty day diets or thirty day somethings. For those of you who know me, you know I don’t proscribe to any type of dieting regimen, and my philosophy about running is quite simliar.

That being said, I think it is important to challenge yourself mentally and physically when possible so that you maintain a healthy soul and body. So, I’ve come up with my own little thirty day challenge. I’m calling it the Kaprise Active 30 Day Challenge. I’ve never been one to run every day, so I’m challenging myself to a run or bike ride every single day for 30 days. My rules are these:

  1. Run or Bike every day from June 1-June 30
  2. No less than 2 miles a day
  3. No more than 10 miles in a singe day
  4. Varying length runs and bike rides
  5. Try ONE new route a week (for a total of at least 4 new routes during the 30 days)
  6. Run smart – in reflective gear, sunblock, etc.
  7. Don’t let anyone or anything distract from the Challenge!

I’m not going to impose any other restrictions on my running/biking, but only to remember to enjoy every single day and be happy! Endorphins!

I’ll document my runs and bike rides in pictures on Instagram, and I’ll keep you all posted on my blog. I haven’t decide how I’ll post, but maybe we’ll just let the blog posts happen organically.

What are your challenges for the summer?? Will you do the 30 day run/bike challenge with me?

 

 

Finding a Better Source for Fish

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a keen sense of smell and I’m often bothered by the smell of my food. This week, I went to the fishmonger in a local grocery. They tend to be pretty clean, and there is none of that spoilt fish smell which is the reason why I buy fish there. I bought a pound of cod and a pound of shrimp. However, upon coming home and opening the packages I was overwhelmed by the smell of bleach on the fish. I rinsed the fish several times in cool water but I was still smelling bleach on the fish.  Fish should smell like fish, not some sort of chemical.

Since I had company, I prepared my shrimp cocktail and my cod since I had nothing else. The shrimp was completely devoid of flavor and combined with my suspicions, I couldn’t eat anymore than a bite. I seasoned the cod with soy, ginger, and garlic scapes so the scent was less prominent, but again because I had smelled bleach on my fish, I didn’t want to eat it.

I’m not sure if anyone would have noticed, but the sickening smell of bleach on my food really turned me off. I did a little research, and apparently adding a few tablespoons of antimicrobial agents to the water and ice that fishmongers use is not uncommon. It helps prevent spoilage and extend the life of the fish.

Whether this is not unheard of… I’m disgusted. Bleach can’t possibly be good for you, and I am going to actively avoid consuming chemicals.

Thoughts??

 

Lemons

I’ve been missing blogging, but sometimes I don’t want to write here when it isn’t happy. It started off with being just a little down, and then getting an awful cold I couldn’t fight off, and then I had a little career setback… so it has just been taking me a little time to come up with happy things to share. I’m not normally one to worry, but these days I feel time wearing on me and this urgency to keep going and fight, even when I don’t want to anymore.

Despite all this, I have been feeling a lot of optimism, so in honor of keeping our happiest memories alive and appreciating all of the nice things… here are a bunch of pictures from the last couple of weeks!

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Sunday Seven

i bet you guys almost forgot I do this!!!  I don’t have many pictures from this week, but here is my list:

  1. Meeting new people!
  2. Blooming flowers and trees
  3. Finding sports bras on sale! (I know this is probably TMI, but it made me super happy!!)
  4. Discovering that Sur La Table has opened a store near me
  5. Baking my favorite treat: tapioca rolls (more on this later in the week)
  6. My new favorite candy: GinGins! The packaging cracks me up!
  7. This hilarious picture of Boo with her staticky fur first thing in the morning

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What are your Sunday Sevens?? What are you thankful for? I hopo you all have a beautiful Sunday!

xoxo! -H

Seeds!!!

I recently ordered a Calamondin Orange Tree Seedling (so it’ll already be 1 foot tall), Mexican Sour Gherkin Seeds, and Ground Cherry Seeds. I still haven’t gotten any of my orders, but I’m super excited to plant them and see them grow. I’m so impatient, that I was planning on waiting to show you what I got, but I’m spoiling the surprise and just telling you now!! I’ll post pictures once I get everything!

In the mean time, everyone have a wonderful Friday!! It’s pouring rain in New York, but I hope it is sunny and beautiful where you are!

xoxo!