First Track Workout of the Season + 4 New Recipes

May 21, 2013

I did my first track workout of the season! Woohoo!

Track Workout (Yasso’s 800s)

2 mile run to the track

0.5 mile plyometrics and dynamic stretches

5 x 800 meters (3:26, 3:29, 3:24, 3:23, 3:20)

2 mile run back home

Total: 7 miles

I did five 800 meter repeats (2 laps on the track). I didn’t know what to expect because I haven’t done a track workout since September (far too long ago!). I was hoping to keep each 800 under 3:30, which I am happy to report I did. This is by no means very fast, but they were almost all negative splits (each one getting faster). For comparison, a year ago I did this workout with my splits being 3:10 – 3:17, so I’ve definitely have lost some speed! And I probably should have done another one or two since my last split was 3:20, but I don’t want to push it too hard yet since I am just getting over my injury. (My hamstring seems to be on the mend—fingers crossed!)

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I rarely create my own recipes, but I sure do love trying other people’s recipes. These are 4 new recipes I have tried lately that I loved!

1. Lentil Salad

Very much enjoyed this healthy, fresh salad. I’ve been bringing it in my lunch and snacking on it mid-morning when my stomach starts growling 2 hours after eating breakfast. I love the cilantro and fresh veggies in it.

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2. Banana Bread Scones

Absolutely loved these. They are not your typical scone—they were much chewier, but I loved them. I did not think Craig would like these, but he surprised me and said he was a fan as well. They also have a great banana flavor and brown sugar glaze that was delicious!

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3. Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole

Sorry I don’t have a picture, but you can go check out the link where there is a very pretty picture of the casserole (a.k.a. “hotdish” for all of you Midwesterners out there). One of my gripes about casseroles is that they lack vegetables and contain canned sauces, so that is why I chose this recipe. It was plump full of broccoli and had a homemade sauce. I also added peas and used three different types of pasta because I was running low.

4. Zesty Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

I love making chicken in the crockpot because of how tender it gets. This chicken literally fell apart when I went to shred it. Not only is it tender, but cooking chicken in the crockpot is so, so, so simple. I literally spent five minutes prepping this, walked away, and came back 4 hours later to the most delicious BBQ chicken ever.

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Questions

Do you do speed/track workouts? If so, what was the last one you did?

What new recipe have you tried lately?

8 Comments
    1. I just started doing track workouts within the last couple weeks as part of my running team workouts. My most recent one was 6 x 800m. Hard workout, but worth it. Though, not nearly as fast as your speeds, but fast for me! πŸ™‚ Yesterday I tried a oatmeal cranberry cookie recipe and then salmon tacos, sounds weird, but both were SUPER tasty!! And those scones look fabulous. πŸ™‚

    1. I’ve been debating going to my old high school’s track to run over the summer because it’s so much easier to push a stroller on it than on the hills and sidewalks around here.
      Those banana scones look delish.

    1. those scones look incredible! i made healthified cooking light buttermilk biscuits this weekend that i can’t get enough of…will blog the recipe soon πŸ™‚

    1. I should figure out where the local track in my neighborhood is (it’s probably embarrassingly close!) so I can start doing speed workouts! I’m gonna swipe the crockpot chicken and the broccoli noodle casserole recipes. I am sick of my usual non-meal meals. πŸ™‚

    1. i totally miss running on the track (i never thought i would feel that way!). even though i live in a much bigger city now, it’s that much harder to find a nearby track that is open for runners to use. makes me miss my simple life where i could just run the mile from my house to the local school and enjoy an empty track.

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