Asheville Citizen Times 5K Recap

September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

On 9/18 I ran the ACT 5K.  This was my first 5K in over a year and it felt great to get back into it.  I am pleased to say that I met my goals.

1.  No walking. (check)

2.  Complete the race in under 30 min. (29:26, check)

I am most excited about not having to walk.  The course was very hilly, and I hate hills — I need to learn to love hills. (Living in WNC it is impossible to have a race with out hills since it’s nothing but mountains). I was afraid that I would have to walk a bit to catch my breath after topping the hills, especially the huge one at the end.  However, I did not let my mind get the best of me! 

There was also a half marathon.  Those of us who ran the 5K stayed to cheer on our crazy friends who were running the half.  It was so exciting to see everyone finish.  What a great accomplishment!  They made it look so effortless.  Who knows, maybe next year I’ll join them in the half.

post race photo with the gang (I'm in the pink hat)

 

Do you like/love running hills?  If so, any advice on how to make yourself like them?

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I’ll be back soon…

September 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m taking a little break from blogging for now.  With everything going on in my life (job, kids, life, etc) I am not able to put as much time and focus in the blog as I would like.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day. (Who’s with me on that?!).  I will be back soon.  Until then, stay fabulous!

xo

Stephanie

Garlic Lime Chicken

September 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

As a working mom, I love quick and easy weeknight meals.  Here’s one that doesn’t disappoint.

Garlic Lime Chicken

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you like)

1/4 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 teaspoon thyme

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chicken broth (or white wine)

juice of 1 lime

In a small bowel, mix the first 7 ingredients.  Sprinkle mixture on both sides of chicken breasts.

In a skillet, heat butter and olive oil together over medium high heat.  Saute chicken until golden brown.  Turn down heat and remove chicken (keeping warm).  Add lime juice and chicken broth (or white wine) to the pan, whisking up the browned bits off the bottom.  Keep cooking until the sauce has reduced slightly.  Add the chicken back to the pan to thoroughly coat and serve.  Drizzle the remaining sauce over the chicken. 

Any side-fixing  would work with this dish.  We had it with roasted potatoes and sautéed spinach.  Yum.

What’s your favorite quick and easy weeknight meal?

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Mine will be spent working.  My workout plans include meeting some friends for a group run, and some yoga.

Yoga Challenge

September 1, 2010 § 1 Comment

I love yoga when I do it.  I will be honest, it isn’t my first choice for a workout.  I am a cardio junkie.  I feel like if my heart’s not racing and I’m not sweating buckets, then I’m not getting a good workout.  However, yoga has been shown to be a great workout.  It can lower your BMI, improve core strength, increase flexibility, relieve stress, and offers many other health benefits.

September is National Yoga Month.  I’m going to celebrate by completing a month-long yoga challenge.  My goal is to do two yoga workouts per week.  (I am hoping to improve my flexibility and core). 

There are many different styles of yoga, which are explained here.  A quick and easy 15 minute routine can be found here.  Or, go to yogamonth.org to find free classes in your area during the month of September.

I’m going to get my “om” on.  Are you ready for the challenge?

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