Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Highs and lows

After such a great run on Sunday it was extra difficult to have a "low" run this morning.

We had a 4 by 800 interval run with a mile warm and cool down on the calendar this morning. We headed to the gym and as soon as I stepped on the treadmill my knees were achy, I had some GI issues and my asthma was acting up. It was a painful run but I didn't want to quit so I put on my big girl pants and just ran slower than I would have liked.

I know there are high and low days with running so I am just moving on and looking forward to running outside soon =)

Also I think I am paying the price for my diet being all over the place lately, so I think it's time to clean it up and focus on eating "real" whole foods.

One of my favorite recipes is Quinoa Caprese:

1 Cup quinoa (I prefer Inca Red, but didn't have any)
1 14-ounce can chicken broth (or sub. 2 chicken bullion cubes dissolved in 2 C. water)
6 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
3 oz mozzarella
2 1/2 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs olive oil
1-2 cloves of garlic minced
Cup chopped fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place quinoa and and chicken broth in small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and cover. Simmer until quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid (about 15-20 min.).
  2. Mix together remaining ingredients in a bowl and hold aside.
  3. Once quinoa is down, fluff with a fork and allow to cool.
  4. Toss everything together and serve.
It's refreshing and filling, if you aren't a vegetarian it can be really good with grilled chicken, but it's great all it's own as well.


  1. That dish looks amazing! I'm definitely making it soon! I've only tried to make quinoa once and it didn't turn out so great, but I'm willing to try again.

  2. My diet's been all over the map lately, too...good for you for getting back on the bandwagon. I must also! Looks like a great dish! And yeah, I'm ready to get back outdoors...went on the HighLine on Saturday and got caught in a blizzard. grr.

  3. Yum...that looks so good!
    I also can't wait to get back outdoors!

  4. Sounds good... might have to try that!

    And yes, we all have highs and lows. Just think of this weekend and smile!