I love summer, and now that the school I work at is on break, I have off of work until September which is just a beautiful thing. My plan with all this free time includes lots of running, crosstraining, and strengthening (just exercise in general), continuing to read the “A Song of Fire and Ice” series aka Game of Thrones, and exploring new recipes and foods. I’ll get back to food in a bit at the end of this post. In addition to everything else, relaxation is on the list for the rest of the summer! So to celebrate, we went for a 4 day weekend to Lake George, NY last weekend for some R&R. And a third “R” for running, for me
It ended up being cooler up in Lake George than we would have liked and we didn’t really have any true warm days, but it was just so nice to be away that I didn’t even mind that much. We just had to nix some of the bead lounging that we had planned because of the weather. Oh well! Its warm in NY now so I can get plenty of that. But in Lake George there was plenty of mini golf. I mean, we went to town with mini golf and played an embarrassing amount of games.
Now, running is more my sport and softball was when I was younger. I am not a golf person nor do I have the patience for putting. But these mini golf courses were super fun and I even got a hole in one! I know people do this all the time but I NEVER do, I really stink at this game. So it was kind of a big deal and I may or may not have celebrated way too much.
In addition to mini golf, one day we also rented a speedboat and spent the day riding around on the lake in it. Karl drove for the most part and I held on for dear life. About mid-day we had to stop at the dock and buy some sweatshirts because it was freezing out there on the lake, I totally did not expect having to bundle up on my summer vacation. But that didn’t stop us from hooking up a tube to the back of the boat and doing some amazing tubing! It honestly was warmer in the lake than it was outside of the lake on the boat so that part was fun. But I’m a baby so I thought tubing would be too much for me, but it was SO much fun I went on several times.
During my stay in Lake George, I also had an 11 mile long run on my NYC Marathon training schedule. The cooler weather turned out to be a blessing for my long run. It was a cool, damp morning with a mist in the air so I got to wear running capris, which I always prefer to shorts. I ran through the town and then down local streets around the lake. Since I was in the Adirondacks it was quite hilly throughout the run but I figure that’s good preparation for all the bridges during the marathon. It was also nice to run in a new place, take in the scenery, and stay cool from the mist in the air!
There weren’t too many other runners out that day so it was me and the roads. Everyone was so polite, too on the streets and the cars stayed out of your way which was a nice change from Brooklyn and Manhattan drivers:)
It was a nice trip up to Lake George but I’m happy to get to spend some time now in Brooklyn just relaxing and enjoying the rest of the summer. I also have a Brad Paisley concert coming up and another wedding which I know is going to be a ton of fun. So Summer 2014 still has lots in store for me
In addition to lots of exercise and running in prep for the NYC Marathon, I’m also dedicating to eating clean and eating smart. Yes I will occasionally enjoy a hamburger from Shake Shack or some chocolatey dessert, because lets be real those things are awesome. But most of the time I’m sticking to healthy eating and making smart decisions. Recently, I was presented the opportunity to try out Matcha Green Tea powder from Kiss Me Organics to include in my smoothies and I decided to give it a try.
All you need is 1/2-1 tsp a day to get the benefits that are similar to green tea but really amped up, because it is the whole leaf that you ingest rather than green tea where you just brew the water. So just one bag of this stuff will last quite a while since you only need a little bit for a serving.
Some of the benefits reported to come for Matcha include:
-Very high in antioxidants
-Loaded with catechin, which has cancer-fighting properties
-Can boost memory and concentration
-Increases energy levels and metabolism (“It was found that consuming green tea increased thermogenesis (the body’s rate of burning calories) from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure.”). Hey runners, don’t we all need more energy?!
And with all these benefits, why not try it in your morning smoothie. You don’t need much to get the benefits and there is no weird taste, since it mixes right into your drink. You don’t even taste it but you get all those antioxidants!
I tried out match in a few of my simple smoothies and have been including it every since. I usually have a smoothie with some milk, Vega protein powder, Kiss Me Organics Matcha, a green such as kale or spinach, and some fruit, either a banana or some cherries depending on what I have in the house. These smoothies are SO quick and easy to make, and are very delicious. I love the energy that the Matcha gives me before a workout or to rebuild after a workout. I don’t use it every day just because I don’t make smoothies every day, but I do a few times a week and so far its great! I feel like I get my energy back and honestly you just can’t beat all the antioxidants. If I start making daily smoothies, I think the benefits would be even that much more prominent.
Here’s to clean eating and marathon training…
Are you training for a race? How is it going?
How do you eat clean?