I kicked of my weekend with a bit of shopping and a hair appointment. I have an event this weekend I wanted to look spiffy for, and with Fitbloggin TWO WEEKS away I figured I could justify spending a little bit of money on myself. My hair desperately needed a trim as I was about two months overdue. I love my stylist – she and I both ran our first marathons at the Pensacola Marathon last year and we finished within 4 minutes of each other!

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This weekend I had the great idea to run a half marathon. After dealing with my calf issues for over two weeks I’m so revved up to be running again I wanted to go for a nice long run to celebrate. I actually got up at 4:55 a.m. on Saturday (before my alarm went off) because I was so excited!

I walked outside at 5:30 to start my run and I was punched in the face by the humidity. I literally said out loud, “This is a joke, right?” It was over 90% humidity when I started, and the head index was 93 when I finished nearly 2 and a half hours later.

2014-06-07 08.49.09I had to stop twice, at miles 6 and 9, to hang out in front of a water mister at a playground. I drank about 7-8 cups of water while on the run and still probably lots about 2 pounds of water weight. It was one of the most challenging runs I’ve ever had. Regardless, I’m still damn happy to be running again! Calf cramped up once but when I stopped at mile 6 I massaged it for a bit and it felt fine the rest of the run. Compression socks + ice the rest of the day to aid recovery.

The other highlight of my weekend was spending about 3 hours cooking amazing meals for the week. I made egg fried rice, baked spring rolls, and broccoli, cheddar & chive mini quiches.

2014-06-07 17.14.39For the egg rolls I used Nicole’s recipe for baked eggrolls. I’m keeping all of mine in the freezer to bake as needed which is a first. Usually I just bake them all and reheat them in the microwave each day but I wanted to have them crispy! I add about 1 T. of Chinese Five Spice to her recipe, some fresh ginger, and either double the soy sauce or add 1 T. of Newmans Own Sesame Ginger Dressing if I have it on hand. Otherwise, the recipe is a bit bland. When I add in the extra seasonings it’s delicious.

For the fried rice I do a very modified version of this recipe. I use olive oil in place of all the other oils (just because that’s what I have at home), I omit the edamama and double the amount of peas (because it’s cheaper), and I add 2 cups of finely chopped cauliflower (which looks/tastes just like rice.)

My last creation was something I made up on a whim. I’ve made mini quiche’s before but I decided to try a new flavor combination.

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Broccoli, Cheddar & Chive Mini Quiches

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. egg whites
  • 1 1/3 cup almond milk (can use regular)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup teeny tiny chopped broccoli (like basically crumbs)
  • 2 T. diced fresh chives
  • 1/2 T. salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 Farenheit and coat a 12 count muffin tray with cooking spray. In a large bowl whisk together first 4 ingredients. Once combined add in the rest. Fill each muffin tin about 3/4 of the way full (don’t over fill or they will spill over!) and sprinkle just a tiny bit of cheddar on top. I usually have a little extra egg mix that I’ll pour in a greased bread tray and throw in the oven as well. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the tops are turning light brown.

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As made each muffin is approximately 60 calories! They are super light and airy. The flavor isn’t overwhelming which could be changed by adding more cheese & chives (and garlic may be a nice touch!) I store mine in a tupperwear container in the fridge and reheat in the microwave for about a minute. They keep very well!

So, that’s my weekend. Running + face stuffing. Pretty standard stuff. Pretty awesome stuff.

How was your weekend? 
Anyone making 4th of July plans yet? I’ve stayed in the last few years but I’m determined to go out and have fun this year!

This post is sponsored by Elli Quark. All opinions are my own. I ate the entire case they sent in less than a week. 

I consider myself extremely fortunate that part of my job entails trying out various gadgets and health foods. It’s pretty much one of the greatest job perks I’ve ever had (although when I was in my early 20’s I worked at a video rental store and free movies was a pretty sweet perk.)

Most of the time I like the products. Sometimes, I don’t care for them much and will usually tell the brand (constructive criticism FTW.)

Sometimes, I really, really fall in love with a product. This is one of those times.

A few weeks ago the lovely people at Elli reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying their new ‘yogurt.’ I put yogurt in quotes because technically it’s creamy German cheese and not yogurt, but the taste & texture is extremely similar. The first thing I asked for was a list of their ingredients and nutritional information. I don’t eat a lot of yogurt because most of what’s sold in the store has as much added sugar in it as a candy bar.

The sent me over the information, I liked what I saw, and a few days a case of delicious Elli Quark was at my doorstep.

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First off the nutritional information is pretty spectacular. 80 calories, 14-17 grams of protein, and zero added sugar. Win-win-win.elliSecondly, and perhaps the most important, it tastes incredible. There are two flavors that particularly stood out as “omg these are so good I can’t wait to tell {insert best friends name here} about them.” The Red Velvet cake and Lemon were both ridiculous. I received two of each and went through them in 3 days.
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The strawberry and pineapple were good, but it’s hard to compare to the red velvet cake. The plain was just that, plain. I’m going to try to think of some fun add in’s for the last one I have. The texture is much like Greek yogurt, and there is a tangy aftertaste to them (part of which makes Red Velvet such a perfect flavor to make!) A little birdie told me they will be rolling out new flavors soon so I can’t wait to try what they are coming up with!

For now you can find them at most Whole Foods and Fresh Market’s. I sadly live in a land devoid of Whole Foods so I swung by my local Fresh Market and found they carried my favorite flavors – and they are on sale!
2014-06-05 14.22.44If you love things that taste good and are looking for an insanely good calorie-to-protein ratio then get thee to a Fresh Market asap. It looks like those sale prices are good until the 10th so go and buy every single Red Velvet they have in stock.

You’ll thank me later.

Greek yogurt, fan or no?

What are your favorite add-in’s for plain greek yogurt? 

Follow Elli Quark on Facebook and Twitter for great meal/snack ideas!

Workout Wrap Up

Saturday: 8 miles (10:55 pace)

Sunday: 30 minutes on elliptical & 12 miles on bike

Monday: Tracey Mallet’s F.I.T.

Tuesday: 3.1 miles on elliptical & 10 miles on bike

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: 5 miles (10:30 pace)

Friday: Bob Harper Pure  Burn Super Strength + Walk

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it at least 10 more times; not running is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as a runner. My lower right calf has been sore since May 21st, and it took a week more of running on it for me to realize that was the exact opposite of what I needed to do to recover. So, after my 8 mile run on Saturday I promised myself I wouldn’t run until after it was pain free. It never hurt that bad, and the tightness/mild pain would come and go (never stay), so I’m thankful it wasn’t anything more serious. I replaced running with the elliptical & stationary bike at the gym. So not the same.

On Tuesday I decided to do my version of a non-running half marathon. And take an awkwardly placed selfie in front of the toilets in the locker room.

2014-06-03 09.42.29I was able to run a few miles yesterday! The only other time I’ve been as happy to run 5 miles was the first time I ever hit that distance. I had zero pain throughout the run, and just a tiny tightness in the area when I got back. Going to keep up my icing, compression socks basically 24/7, and trigger point. I’m taking today off from running again and will aim for a slow LR tomorrow.

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When it comes time for me to do these Friday wrap-up posts looking back over the week I usually upload all my camera’s photos, pick out the one’s I like best, and attempt to write some sort of cohesive summary. I was pretty surprised when I saw how few photos I took over the last few days! To be honest I’ve been in a bit of a funk this week. Running makes me feel amazing, and not being able to do that, and get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sun, made me a grumpy bunny. Whenever I’m injured I realize how much I rely on running and how much my life would change if I wasn’t able to do it anymore. To help keep me from going crazy I’ve been on this huge learning kick. I’ve watched about 15 hours worth of documentaries in the last week, memorized the 2014 calendar, memorized almost all of the countries, and have spent at least an hour a day studying French.

See, I can diversify my interests.

I also snapped the greatest photos Salem will ever take.

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I love that guy. I took this at a stop light on my way to class Monday. They had their first exam so I dressed more casual than I normally do.

2014-06-02 09.12.06This afternoon I am getting a much needed haircut and will be going out in search of a cute new dress. Something I can wear to work & to present in at Fitbloggin! I can’t believe it’s less than three weeks away now. I’m so excited to see some of my favorite people and to explore gorgeous Savannah.

What are your plans this weekend?

How do you think you’d handle not being able to do your favorite activity for a week?