Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Awesome Recipe for Black Bean Stew

Taken from an article on Runner's World, this stew is healthy, tastes great, and is easy to make.


1 Diced Onion or I use Celery
1 Can Diced Tomatoes, 28 oz.
2 Cans Black Beans, drained
1 Sliced Carrot
1 1/2 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 Cup Sliced Roasted Red Peppers
1 Tbsp Minced, Canned Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce
Zest of 1 Orange
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme
1 Tsp Cumin 
2 Tsp Canola Oil

Warm up 2 tsp canola oil in a pot. Cook 1 diced celery (or onion) & a sliced carrot for 5 minutes. Add two 15-ounce cans drained black beans, one 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth, 1 cup sliced roasted red pepper, 1 tbsp minced canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, 1 tsp cumin, and salt and pepper. Simmer 15-20 minutes. Stir in the zest of an orange & 1 tbsp fresh thyme. Serve with diced avocado if you want to.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10/21/2014 one hour run, mental commitment

I ran for an hour today, no GPS or mileage calculating.  I simply ran for an hour for feel as a comfortable jog.  I will admit it, I almost stopped at the 30 minute mark and again at the 45 minute mark.  I resolved to continue running though and I am glad I did.  

Everyone struggles with committing here and there.  I thought a lot about mentally committing while I was running today.  I ran the 5K this past weekend and although I broke 20 minutes, I am not where I was last year.  I ran 18:55 last year and want to break 18 minutes at some point in a 5K.  However, I need to commit and that's it.  Whether you are trying to run a 18 minute 5K or a 30 minute 5K, commitment is the key.  The same goes for a 2:30 marathon and a 4 hour marathon.  It's your goal and your commitment.  

My commitment will come in the form of a caloric lockdown and an increase in overall fitness.  I need to drop about 10 lbs. from where I am now to do the things I want to do.  Also, even though I am running a lot, I am not getting enough cross training or strength work as I need.  

Pick something and hold yourself accountable to it every day.  I am going to.