Monday, May 30, 2011

Boston's Run To Remember

Boston's "Run To Remember" is a half marathon race through downtown Boston in honor of those in the Armed Forces, and Police Officers killed in the line of duty.

We had originally signed up for the Half Marathon portion of the race, but after two weeks of moving and being sick for another two weeks, we were just not feeling ready to run 13.1 miles. We decided to step down to the 5 Miler option of the race instead.

It was a beautiful day for a quick race, and running through downtown Boston was so amazing. We ran through Fanueil Hall, the Theatre District, Downtown Crossing, and the start and finish was at the World Trade Center in the Seaport area. The race had over 9,000 people running and crowds lined most of the race route!

The five miles was easy, breezy, beautiful because we had gotten up to 8 miles in our training for the Half Marathon part we had intended to run.

Next up, the Providence Rock N Roll Half Marathon in August, and training is officially in full swing!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dream Vacation

 I literally mean dream vacation, because I'm dreaming that this is where I am today. I would love to be in a tropical locale, a very quiet and private beach. Where I can sit in a dreamy spot, listening to the sounds of the ocean and meditate.

I'd do a little Yoga on the beach after my meditation, and then find a wonderful little spot like this to take a nap and dream, dream, dream.

The reality of today is that I have back to back things being delivered to the house that I have to be here for, so I'm prisoner in my own house today! I have rooms to paint, electricians in and out all day. I don't even have the time to get out for a Yoga class or a run.

Do daydreaming it is...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Celebrity Yogis: Adam Levine

So that is how Adam Levine from Maroon 5 keeps himself in such GREAT job!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Inspiring Photo of the Day: Meditating on the Beach

Something I hope to do at some point is take a Yoga retreat to a tropical location where I can do Yoga and meditate on the beach. Look how beautiful the spot in this picture is. My idea of heaven, meditating to the sounds of the ocean.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Urdhva Dhanurasana - Upward Bow or Wheel Pose

Another challenging pose for me is Wheel pose! I can spend all day in Bridge Pose and feel wonderful, but I'm lacking the upper body strength to rise up in Wheel (for now!!) I am determined to get into this pose and have been able to at least get up onto the top of my head! Now just a little more practice and I can get up fully in the air!

Urdhva Dhanurasana is great for strengthening the arms, wrists, legs, bum, abs and more. It's an all over workout in one Pose! It's also great for increasing energy, stimulating the thyroid and alleviating back pain!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Quick Energy Bites

I made a quick batch of my Energy Bars and thought I would make some smaller bite sized runs that will be great for taking as fuel as long runs!

I typically eat these for breakfast right on days that I'm going to do runs in the morning! The dates give you a quick fuel source that is easy to digest and fuels your body right away, there is plenty of Omega 3s from the Walnuts, Almonds and Sunflower seeds, plus protein from the nuts and hemp protein powder.

I thought these would also be great as a mid run fuel so I rolled them into tiny bite sized balls and rolled them in coconut (great for hydration) and will carry a few on me in a ziploc bag! Way better for you then the junk that is in Gu's and Sportbeans!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Brock Cahill Video

I am loving this guy/video! I aspire to be even half this good someday with my yoga!

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Paleo Diet Goes Vegan

When one thinks of the Paleo Diet they very rarely think of it relating to a Vegetarian or Vegan. It's not a diet that I agree with one 100% but everyone at work has decided to do a 30 Day Paleo Challenge; I thought it would be great to be a team player and get on board the challenge as well.

The Paleo diet is based on what a caveman would have eaten (as a hunter and gatherer) over 10,000 years ago before agriculture came into existence. The idea is to eat a equal amounts of fat, protein and small amounts of carbs (most from fruits and veggies) . The point of the diet is to keep blood sugar levels from spiking, and the benefits include increased athletic performance, reduction in diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, as well as a decrease in body fat and excess weight.

Here is what is NOT allowed on the diet:
 * Grains - such as rice, pastas, breads, etc
 * Beans and Legumes - such as black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, etc
 * Dairy - milk, cheese, yogurts, etc
 * Potatoes - except for sweet potatoes
 * Soy - no tofu or edamame
 * Sugar and Salt
 * Alchohol - except for Tequila (as it comes from the Agave plant)

Here is what you ARE allowed to have on the diet:
 * Meat - chicken, fish, beef, etc
 * Eggs
 * Fruits - any and all fruits
 * Veggies - all veggies, especially leafy greens like kale etc that will help to give you calcium, etc
 * Nuts - such as walnuts and almonds (except peanuts and cashews)
 * Berries - strawberries, raspberries, snozeberries (just seeing if you are still paying attention)

I have to be honest that when I first heard of this challenge and the Paleo diet I thought "What a crock of...". Firstly, in order to eat like a caveman, you should really be hunting your own meats (or at least raising and killing it yourself) and growing and harvesting your own fruits and veggies. Maybe start your own little farm? This just seems like another fad diet to me really. But after learning more about the challenge, the diet, and doing some research I thought "What the hell, I'll be a teamplayer and give this a try"

Also, after hearing about it from someone ( a guest speaker at our staff meeting where we kicked off the challenge) who is on the diet, I made some correlations between Brendan Brazier's Thrive Diet, which I have been following for some time now (being mostly raw and vegan) and some of his recipes I think will fit into the Paleo diet. Obviously, looking at that the list of YES and NO foods, it seems like it might be impossible for a Vegan to do, especially a Vegan runner who needs to meet certain nutritional requirements for performance and recovery while training for something like a marathon!

So how am I going to make the Paleo diet work for my Vegan lifestyle?

Here's how:
 *Mostly raw fruits and veggies
 *Nuts such as almonds, walnuts and almond butters
 * Cheat by occasionally having quinoa with stirfrys (sweet potato being a great addition to a stirfry). This will be my only cheat
 * Add hemp protein powder to practically everything, or use my Vega Whole Food Optimizer

So a sample day would look like this:
 * Breakfast - smoothie of banana, blueberries, almond butter, almond milk and Vega Whole Food Optimizer
 * Snack - raw fruits and veggies
 * Lunch - salads with tons of greens, veggies, nuts, berries, etc and a dressing based on Hemp Oil
 * Dinner - a stirfry with tons of veggies, nuts etc

I also thought back to a lot of my favorite raw and vegan recipes and can adapt them to fit the Paleo Diet, such as my Blueberry Energy Bars and my Sunflower Seed Pate! AND, I can still have my morning coffee with almond milk and agave nectar as I have always done in the past!

So I will continue to blog during this 30 Day Challenge about how I'm doing as a Vegan-Paleo, Runner, Yogi. Oh boy!