I’m a little late this week! My first 5k of the year was on Saturday and yesterday was a holiday, so I’m just waking up from a long couch coma weekend!
Frozen Buns Run
I ran my first 5k of the year on Saturday! This was a way bigger accomplishment than it should have been.
I’ve been cruising along, training in this ridiculous cold, with no issues until last Tuesday. In October, I fell down some stairs at a wedding and tore the meniscus in my right knee. I’ve been in physical therapy and my knee was healing well, but I was doing yoga Tuesday evening and felt a sharp pain. I spent the rest of the week swollen and stiff. My physical therapist told me that I should probably skip the race. At any rate, I had to take it easy. So, for the rest of the week, I wasn’t able to train or exercise or do anything more than very gentle stretching.
Saturday morning, my knee was feeling better, but was still stiff. I know myself and if I “gave up” before my first race I know I would never get through the remaining 11 races this year! It was ridiculously cold out, but I decided to go for it and at least try to walk the race.
I started the race at a slow jog, because I couldn’t cross my first starting line walking! The first mile was rough because it was ALL UP HILL (who thought that was a good idea?)! I made it up the hill and was feeling okay. In the end, I did a combination of running and walking for the whole race.
I set my personal best 5k time a few years ago at 42:22. Before I pissed off my knee last week, my goal had been to finish this race in 45 minutes. After I pissed off my knee, my goal was just to finish the race. I am so happy and excited to report that I finished the race in 44:05!
Next up, Run for the Chocolate 5k on February 10. My goal is to finish in less than 44 minutes this time.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming and what I’m eating this week!
- Low Fat Banana Nut Bread from Skinnytaste
If you haven’t noticed yet, I really like carbs. Like, really really like carbs. I also like baking. This Banana Nut Bread fills both of those cravings without any guilt! This recipe came together so quickly and made enough for me to share a loaf with my friends at movie night! Super tasty and satisfying without weighing you down. I used pecans instead of walnuts because that’s what I had a home.
One slice (I cut my loaf into 14 slices) has 150 calories, 28 g of carbs, and only 4 g of fat.
Lunch and Dinner
- Healthy Chicken Divan from Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Who doesn’t love chicken and broccoli in a creamy, cheesy sauce? It’s the definition of dinner in the 90’s. This recipe provides all that rich, creamy flavor without all the fat and calories of the versions we grew up on. I tweaked the recipe a little to save time and a few calories by using two bags of frozen broccoli (skip the microwave steaming and just add when the recipe says to) and plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
One serving (about a quarter of the recipe) has 340 calories, 20 g of protein, and about 130% of your vitamin K for the day.
- Zucchini Lasagna Roll Ups with Spinach and Artichokes from Little Broken
I usually try to have one meal each week that’s meat free. There’s nothing wrong with meat, but veggies can be so delicious when you really let them speak for themselves! This twist on lasagna does just that. The ricotta cheese provides that richness that you expect from lasagna while the artichokes lend a brightness that makes this an indulgent and refreshing meal.
One serving (about a quarter of the recipe) has 320 calories, 2 servings of vegetables, and is packed full of tons of vitamins and minerals.
- Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken from Healthy Maven
I can’t believe we’re three weeks into the year and I haven’t made any Asian inspired dishes yet! This dish will solve that and save me a ton of time by cooking in my crockpot while I get other things done! I made the rice to go with this over the weekend and I’ll prep the chicken and veggies the night before I make this. In the morning, all I’ll need to do is throw everything in the crockpot, set a timer, and get on with my day!
One serving (about a quarter of the recipe) without rice has 320 calories, more than a day’s worth of vitamin C, and a full serving of vegetables.
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