As I’m writing this I am taking my rest day, since I’m still sick and I’m trying to be smart about not running through it. Although I still plan to run tomorrow as long as I’m not dying. And the next day. So my plans for the rest of the week will happen, they might have to be slow but they will happen.
Here’s a recap of my runs beginning Sunday, the day after the 10K:
Sunday: 7.05 miles avg pace 8.59
Monday: 8.07 mile hill/progression run. 1st 2 miles uphill, avg pace 9:45ish. The rest of the splits were 8:20, 8:11, 7:55, 8:08, 7:51, 6:52. The last 1.5 was downhill. After this run I was feeling pretty wiped out, definitely not enough rest after the race!
Tuesday: 5.05 miles avg pace 9:06
Wednesday: 7.03 miles avg pace 9:24 (this was the too hot and getting sick run)
Friday: Planning on 4-5 easy
Saturday: Planning on 10-12 easy depending on how I’m feeling
Sunday: 5-6 easy
I don’t feel like I’m training for anything at this point, or at least I haven’t gotten my sh*t together to figure out a training plan. I am just trying to maintain my fitness and not overdo anything and make myself susceptible to injury. I am also attending the RRCA Coaching Certification Course in Hyannis, MA next weekend so of course that is on my brain now. It will be a family trip, and my husband claims he will be completely fine with all 3 kids there for the 2 days I’ll be at the course so I will try not to feel bad about it. But I probably will feel bad leaving him, a little. Even though he really wanted to make it a family trip. It will still be a lot on him for that weekend.
I have been anticipating the coaching course for what seems like a really long time now, so I think actually doing it will be exciting and also allow me to make some plans for how to proceed with my goals, both with my own training and with coaching. At that point I will put together a training plan (or the 1st of many, that’s how I roll) for the Philly Marathon in November. I will also start thinking more about the trail race I signed up for in August!
Okay, now let’s change the subject to cooking. Everyone seems to either have no time to cook or not want to spend time cooking. Here are 5 tips for making cooking faster. A few of these might be obvious but I’ll list them anyway because sometimes seeing them a second or 5th time can be the time it helps.
1. Do the prep work before. Chop, peel, make the sauce or dressing, maybe make the salad and get your ingredients ready BEFORE it’s time to start cooking. It may be the morning before or an hour before depending on the time you have, but doing this saves you at least 15 minutes usually. I understand it takes some discipline to take stuff out of your cabinets and chop an onion, but, I think you can do it. I KNOW you can do it.
2. If you want the meal done in 20 minutes or less, do everything stovetop. You can cook meals much faster on the stovetop than you would in the oven. The thing here is you just need to be present at the stove while you cook. Pan fried meats, stir fries, hashes, omelettes, sauteed veggies, and ground meat dishes can all be done in under 10 minutes on stovetop. Hot meals don’t get quicker than that.
3. Alternatively, if you don’t have time to stand in front of the stove, put dinner in the oven. Maybe you have time to prep but don’t want to stand in front of the stove. In this case you can prep food to be baked or roasted in the oven and then forget about it until it’s ready (set the darn timer please!) This works great for meatballs, chicken, veggies, frittatas, and any casserole with minimal work involved.
4. The slow cooker. If you really will have no time between getting home and dinner time, use the slow cooker. Get a recipe or just throw a large hunk of meat, liquid, veggie chunks and spices in and set the dial to “low” and cook for 8 hours. My daughter and I are the only 2 in the family that like slow cooker stuff so I don’t do it often, but it can be a huge lifesaver if you know you’ll be home late and want a healthy meal.
5. Keep the ingredients simple. If the meal you’re making includes just a few ingredients, it will mentally make it seem easier and quicker to put together. Meatballs, burgers, roasted veggies, eggs with meat and veggies, simple salad with a great dressing – these are all quick and delicious meals that just feel simple because there aren’t too many ingredients. Experiment with different spices and you wind up with more variety than you would think for super simple meals.
Definitely check out the “recipes” section of my blog for some quick recipes and meal ideas. Cooking – especially paleo cooking – does not have to be a hassle or fancy to be delicious!
Do you have any quick cooking tips?