Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2 for 1

Don't let people fool you, two for one is not always better! Things like a 2 for 1 peanut butter coupon or 2 for 1 shirts at the store are awesome!  However, 2 for 1 margaritas... not great. Do.not.be.fooled.  If you fall into a 2 for 1 margarita trap you may find yourself looking like this the next morning...

Wow I did a great job looking like crap huh?
 No matter how much fun you think you may have drinking these 2 for 1 margs...

Don't ever forget the feeling you will have the next day (see above if you need a reminder).  Consider yourself warned!


As you can probably guess the pictures above are the reason why I did not post last night like normal.  So back to the regular program :)  

Yesterday I was pretty much a bump on a log (kind of like I am now).  I got a head cold a few days ago and I thought it would have shaken by now, but it is still sticking around.  As a result I could not keep my eyes open yesterday.  I listened to my body, hoping that it would help cure me (which I do feel a little better today as far as my head cold goes), and took a 20 minute nap in the morning and proceeded to take another nap later in the afternoon for an hour!  I can't remember the last time I took one nap, let alone two naps in one day! In between naps I did some studying for my periodization class. I truly love this class and the book that comes with it!  It is definitely one text book that I will not be trying to sell.  So if you're looking to learn all about strength and conditioning periodization, I recommend this book...

Another good one that will tell you a little bit more about the physiological aspect of strength and conditioning that I am reading for my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam is this guy...  

By the end of the summer I will have both of these books read cover-to-cover!  I have never read an entire text book in my life... clearly I like these ones :)

Kitchen Experiment
Although our Farmer's Market is still pretty weak this early in the season...

I did find a couple things that I liked!  I bought myself a big bag of spinach for $2!  Such a steal compared to the super market.  And I bought two of these...

Any idea what it is?  I would have had no idea if there wouldn't have been a sign in front of them.  It's a kohlrabi!  I think it is in the cabbage family, because it looks and kind of taste like cabbage.  Anyway I was intrigued when I saw the kohlrabi and asked the owner what I could do with them.  He told me some people eat them raw, but he likes to eat them like mashed potatoes.  So I tried my luck making Kohlrabi mash yesterday for dinner.  

First peel the outer layer off (it's tough, but get as much off as you can because it's not very tasty to eat).

Then chop it up into cubes.

Boil on the stove for about 20 minutes.  They will turn slightly transparent and you should be able to poke your fork in them easily.  And then finally mash them with a little butter, salt and pepper.  

Mine didn't get mashed completely because I only had a fork to mash with.  While I was mashing all I was thinking is, "Dang I could use a blender", and after I ate them I thought, "Gee, why didn't I try using my bullet?"  I know what I'm doing with my second kohlrabi!  

The verdict:  You won't be fooling your husband into thinking these are mashed potatoes, but they are very tasty!  Like I said, they taste similar to cabbage.  You could probably get pretty creative with seasoning these.      If peeling these weren't so tough, I would consider making a big batch for a family gathering, because I think they would be a hit!

Yesterday's workout was just a 5K, but I took advantage of this short run to work on my running technique a little.  I have known for some time now that I am a heel-toe runner.  I think a lot of people do this, however, I know it is not the most efficient running technique.  Yesterday on my run I focused on landing on the mid-sole of my foot.  My calves were definitely more sore than normal, but I knew it was a good thing because I was working different muscle by landing differently.  Not only was this helping correct my form, but it made me run a lot faster and I didn't feel too spent when I finished.  

3.11 miles in 26:43

Exciting news!  I signed up for my first 10K! This will be my third race ever, I'm hoping to bump that number up quite a bit this year! I have been wanting to get signed up for a race since I did my half marathon back in May, but I just haven't done it.  So after reading so many race recaps lately I finally sat down and locked in my spot in the race!  It's been a little while since I have comfortably run 6 miles, so I better get going because the race is in just two short weeks!


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