Veggie Saturday

I went on a glorious interval run this morning, it was just above zero but it was so nice to run in the daylight. I love running outside in the sun, it really is the best feeling.

 

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I was doing 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 minute intervals with 1 minute rest in between. My splits were:

Mile 1: 11:05

Mile 2: 9:57

Mile 3: 10:13

Mile 3 – 3.85: 10:46

Not super fast but not bad considering it was an interval workout and I walked during my rest interval. My IT band felt okay, I have been dedicated to my physio exercises so I think it’s helping. I will be heading out again in the sunshine tomorrow so I hoping the weather stays good!

 

As per my resolutions I am going veggie once a week and this week I chose today.  I started the morning with a bowl of Kashi, then went for my run and came back and had a green monster, in the mix was frozen strawberries, bananas, blueberries, greek yogurt, and spinach, yum! Mid-afternoon I had a Kashi granola bar. For dinner I made Mama Pea’s Roasted Chickpea Tacos and my roasted balsamic asparagus. The tacos were AMAZING!

 

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I had a realization about tacos today, the best part about tacos is the fun shells and the toppings, not the meat!  These were super easy to make and the chickpeas were delish. My taco layers in order: homemade guac, roasted chickpeas, sliced grape tomatoes, light cheddar, and jalapeño and passion fruit salsa. This was my first time making homemade guacamole so I figured I’d share the recipe.

 

Homemade Guacamole

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1.5 tbsp epicure spices (you could use a mix of garlic, crushed red pepper, onion powder, and fresh ground pepper) 

 

It was so yummy, guacamole makes everything yummy. I have tons of leftovers for lunch tomorrow, can’t wait to eat it! For dessert we had Tina’s Apple Crisp Light which Bruce absolutely loved. I really liked it as well, paired with Starbucks Christmas blend it was a great end to a day of veggie eats!

 

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Favourite meatless recipe? Share! I’m going to need lots of ideas!

What’s your favourite taco topping?

Favourite Starbucks blend?

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2012 Resolutions

I love setting goals, bet you didn’t know that about me! Anyways here is a list of goals I hope to accomplish in 2012. I already have my 25 for 25 but I figured I’d do a few New Year’s ones as well. On a side note, this is my final post for 2011 – number 111! It was too much of a coincidence not to be mentioned! haha

 

1. Run a half-marathon: There I finally said (wrote) it out loud. A half-marathon is no 5k or 10k, it requires a whole new level of commitment but I have done my research and think I am ready to take it on. Some people are able to jump into high mileage races, I prefer to be fully prepared. haha Now that I have conquered the 5K and 10K, next goal is 10 miles in July running the Tely 10 and a fall half-marathon is my major running goal for next year. Plus a few other races I am sure, first on my plan is a 5K in April.

2. Guest blog: I would love to be guest blogger on someone else’s blog. Smile

3. Heal my IT band fully: It’s not 100% yet and it needs to be by April…I have been a slacker with my physio exercises so I need to get back at it!

4. Have a professional sneaker fitting: I am hoping this will help with number 3 and also prevent future injuries. This needs to be done soon as I am creeping close to the 500 mile mark on my current shoes.

5. PR in the 5k

6. Get my own blog domain that doesn’t end in .wordpress

7. Organize and clean out my office: I can’t even explain how badly this is needed. haha

8. Go meatless once a week: I don’t want to attach a day to this … as much as I love the idea of meatless Monday I know it won’t always happen on Monday and I like goals that I am able to accomplish. I plan to mostly accomplish this with the help of Mama Pea’s recipeas! Smile This was a goal I actually stole from Runner’s World, I’ll never be a vegetarian but I can do it one a week!

9. Try a new fitness class: Haven’t decided which one yet. Suggestions?

10. Attend at least one professional development event

11. Run 1000 miles: I ran 429 miles since July in 2011 (when I started tracking) and because I am training for half 1000 should be easy as I need to complete at least 40 miles per week in 4 runs.

 

As this posts I am currently out enjoying a hopefully delicious meal at St. John’s highest ranked restaurant The Cellar, after that I will be spending the evening drinking champagne and watching the fireworks with friends and family. I sincerely hope that you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve. As for 2012? Bring it, I am ready to take you on! Smile Picture below is last New Years!

 

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What are you or did you do to celebrate New Years Eve?

What is your biggest goal for 2012?