Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Clean Food Challenge Day 3 and a Hill Workout

Well I must have just needed that one day to kick me in the pants and give this challenge a real try! Day 3 went MUCH better than Day 2 and so far so good on Day 4!

Here's what I ate yesterday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon and honey

Lunch: Banana and leftovers from Monday night's dinner (so there was a little bit of cheese in it)

Pre-run Snack: Fruit salad from Wegmans (watermelon, honey dew melon, cantaloupe, grapes, pineapple and kiwi) and a brown rice cake with tahini butter

Dinner: (Thank you Jen for using this during an earlier CFC!) Brown rice pasta with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, olive oil, onion powder and garlic powder (Mike had this too!)


Tastes almost the same as regular pasta!

Dessert: Green smoothie and a handful of almonds


Nice green color

The green smoothie was AMAZING! I do have to tweak it a little bit to try to figure out how to get rid of the leaf chunks, but other than that it was great! I found the recipe on Pinterest yesterday and knew I wanted to try it.

1 cup spinach
1 cup kale
1 pear
1 1/2 cups orange juice (100% juice with no added sugar)
1 frozen banana

Really funny story about the banana, I put it in the freezer with the peel still ON! After our run I opened the freezer and when I couldn't get the peel off (duh) I put it back in the fridge to let it thaw a little bit. I peeled it later and put it back in the freezer. Lesson learned.

I'm looking forward to tonight's smoothie!

I also drank 60 ounces of water yesterday. Overall, I would say I had a 99% clean day!

Mike and I also did our first hill workout yesterday. We headed out to Cobbs Hill and decided to run up the monster hill there and then loop around the reservoir and back out to the main road, just to do it all over again!

We ran up that dirt/gravel path
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You can even see the path on Google Maps!
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We did a .3 mile warmup, it should be longer next time, and then we started a "lap". We actually set our watches so that we could control when a lap started and ended. We did three laps around Cobbs Hill:

Lap 1 (1.01 miles): 10:05 minutes (10:00 pace)
Lap 2 (1.01 miles): 10:10 minutes (10:03 pace)
Lap 3 (1.02 miles): 10:14 minutes (10:00 pace)

Mike actually ran ahead of me the majority of the time and he turned around after the third lap and met back up with me. We did a cool down of .21 miles (at 9:08 pace) and the entire run averaged at 9:56 pace. Not bad for such a monstrous hill!

Next time we want to do more laps, but the park closes at 6pm at this time of the year so we would have cut it close if we tried to do a fourth lap!

We saw so many runners out and about in the Cobbs Hill area, it was crazy!

Have you had a green smoothie before? Do you like hill workouts?

23 comments:

  1. So happy you like Brown Rice Pasta - makes eating clean a little easier I think.

    Keep up the excellent running! :)

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    1. Thanks Jen!

      I was so glad I saw it on your old CFC blog posts! I would never have thought to look for it.

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  2. No... never had a green smoothie before- how sweet did the one you made taste? And hill workouts are great for you- haven't done one in a while! Yes, you definitely need longer warmup- really should be about a mile. Glad to hear your clean diet is going better(with some modifications!).

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    1. The green smoothie was sweet, you don't even taste the spinach or kale, there are just the pieces of the leaf that were a little bit annoying.

      I haven't made any modifications to the cleanse, though, except the little bit of cheese I had since it was already in the leftovers.

      We would have done a longer warmup, but we knew that the park was closing relatively close to when we got there so we didn't have much time.

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  3. Whenever my bananas start getting a little ripe, I peel them, cut them in half, wrap and freeze. I always have frz bananas on-hand for smoothies!! Love the green ones! In fact, I posted smoothie recipes today... check it out at www.runwithjess.com

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    1. I should do that next time with my bananas!

      I saw your blog post and pinned one of the recipes :)

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  4. The park "closes" but that really means they close the gates so no cars go in. We do group runs there every Tuesday and on Weds the SnowCheap races don't start until 7:15. You can run in the park all night if you want, As a runner you do not need to leave because it "is closed".

    You should come for some tuesday night workouts, its a really good workout.

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    1. Thanks for the tip Eric! I wasn't sure so I thought it would be better to be safe the first time, but now that we know we will stay longer.

      We actually probably saw you guys since there were runners parking where we parked (not in the park). We will check it out sometime!

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  5. Nice job on the hill work! That pasta dish looks good and the smoothie does too!

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    1. Thanks Kathy!

      They both were really good!

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  6. That green smoothie recipe looks really good, I need to try it.
    I'm being a good little trainee and doing my hills every weeks - hate it while I'm doing them but feel amazing once they're done!

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    1. You definitely should try it!

      I'm glad you are doing hill workouts! We are just starting to add more variety to our training so I'm sure you will see more about it in future blog posts!

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  7. As you know I have green (and other smoothies) all the time. Also love fresh carrot/celery and apple juice...YUM!! I do hill work all the time because everywhere I run has hills!!!
    Did you use the new blender???How did you like it!! I have to cut up the greens really fine and that seems to wok pretty good!!

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    1. We did use the new blender, it works a lot better than our old one! I did read that you have to cut up the leaves, I will do that next time and/or use 1 type not both.

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  8. Mmm, adding pear in that smoothie is such a good idea! I make it with banana and frozen blueberries (and yogurt but that wouldn't fit your challenge) -- although the blueberries change the color, so it's not technically green... but I consider anything with all kale and spinach in it a "green" smoothie! Great job on the eating and the hill work!

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    1. The pear was really good! I agree anything with kale and spinach is green!

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  9. Ugg I hate the cobbs hill! So insanely long and torturous! I have a great recipe for a smoothie that I have to try soon! I have never made one at home before!

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    1. You definitely need to make the smoothie, they are so good when you make them at home!

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  10. That looks tough! I'm a little worried about Whiskey Hill that is on the course for the Oak Barrel Half Marathon.

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    1. It was tough! I hope your hill isn't too bad!

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  11. I want to try running that route. Maybe next time we are in Rochester? It looks pretty.

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    1. We definitely can run there! It would be good practice for the Seneca 7 hilly parts :)

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  12. How is your clean eating challenge going at this point? Still on board? Hopefully it's now second nature. :)

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