12 Days of Christmas

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Just wanted to send a little reminder that this is often  a very high stress day and time or year, so take some time to take some time to yourself if you need to relax. Read a book. Sip some coffee in silence. Go for a run. Whatever works for you.

12 Days of Christmas WOD

This was the WOD at the box today.  Complete as if singing the song,  for example, start with 1 power clean, then 2 kb sit ups and 1 clean,  then 3 push press…

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Wod

Merry Christmas to all!

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My Two New Go-To Paleo Recipes

A quick little Runcember update, before I get to the recipes. As I mentioned last time I was challenging myself this month to get back out there and run, I had been getting lazy with my running and only ran a handful of times in November. Well so far I have been running three times a week anywhere from 3-6 miles at a time. This seems very elementary, but I am trying to do this safely to avoid injury. My running has been split in half between running on the treadmill and running outside since the temperature dropped…last week was bitterly cold sometimes barely making it to zero, brr! I plan to continue the same distances, but add in an extra run to make it four runs a week to get my base mileage to 20 miles a week consistently. Okay enough about running…

I scored big time with the two recipes I tried out this weekend! One quick lunch or dinner time meal and one mouth-watering dessert…

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Please note this is the first time my picture of a recipe has looked anything like the original bloggers it actually looks appetizing!

3 eggs
3 c coconut flour
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp thyme
3-4 lb chicken breast

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut chicken into 1″ strips. Separate egg yolk and whites. Beat egg whites with 2 Tbsp of water in a bowl. Toss around chicken and ensure they are covered. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl and mix. Add coated chicken into spice mixture and cover fully. Pace chicken on parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes then flip over and bake for 8-10 more minutes. Remove and let cool.

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1 c unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 c almond flour
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/4 c pumpkin purée
1/4 c honey
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add in pumpkin, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla, and stir well until all ingredients have been evenly incorporated. Use a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon and scoop round balls onto a plate or cookie sheet. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour to solidify. Store in refrigerator or freezer and serve cold.

I cannot tell you how addicting these macaroons are! I could hardly wait for them to solidify before I ate them. I recommend make a double or triple batch, I only got about 9 balls out of this recipe. This recipe is the perfect testament to skeptics that paleo can still be delicious!

Runcember

I will be referring to December as Runcember this year, as I am using this month to re-dedicate myself to running. The past two months have been very shaky with running, and I mean I probably put the kicks on about 5 times. I signed up for the Monster Series last month, so with the races I am already signed up in the back of my mind I need to get back in the saddle! Here’s what my line up looks like for 2014…

Get Lucky 7K

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Minneapolis MARATHON

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Women Rock Half Marathon

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Monster Dash

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I know there will be more races that I jump in on, but these will be the ones I focus on this year….especially that marathon (#2)!

I got my first run of Runcember in with a 6 miler with my running partner who I haven’t seen in months! Awesome 25 and sunny day out there, great for midwest winter running!

Anyone running any of these?

What do you do to motivate yourself to run?