Two spoons.

It is Monday. Starting work at 5:30 am on a Monday morning requires a little bit of help.

Don’t worry, three of those espresso shots were decaf. I think. Either way, that Americano helped me power through an awesome workout today. I FINALLY did some strength training after what seems like forever. 

First, I did a five mile interval run on the treadmill. One mile warm-up (8:34), 4 X 800 m (half mile) repeats at a 7:30 min/mile pace with 400 m breaks in between intervals at a 9:00 min/mile pace. The last mile was going to be a cool down but instead I ran it in 7:43. After the interval run I did 20 minutes of stairmaster. I have missed that thing, it makes me sweat so much!

Finally, I did some arm weightlifting. Lots of shoulder and bicep work. Actually, it was a lot of deltoid, scapulohumeral, and biceps brachii work. Can you tell which exam I have tomorrow? While my brother and I are studying and working away, apparently my parents are having a wonderful time in Florida.

What would student life be without a little procrastinating? I deemed it necessary to satisfy my craving for a hearty soup tonight so I created a delicious, spicy, and hearty sweet potato soup! Obviously once you see these pictures you will instantly crave this soup. Not to worry, I included the recipe. 

Spicy Mexican Sweet Potato Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 small yellow onions, chopped
2 heaping tablespoons garlic
1 large sweet potato, cut into ½” cubes
3 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 teaspoon cumin
3 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 can diced tomatoes (796ml)
1 can tomato sauce (398ml)
1 can black beans (540ml)
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups water
2 jalapeños, optional
sour cream, optional
green onions, optional

Heat oil in large pot. Add onions and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until onions are soft and translucent. Pour in chicken stock and add sweet potato, cumin, and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil then simmer until sweet potato is cooked through. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and black beans. Bring back to a boil and add the frozen corn and water. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Optional: add jalapeños and serve with sour cream and green onions. 

It was really delicious and because I added two jalapeños it had a nice kick to it but those could always be omitted for a less spicy soup. I am a huge fan of green onions so I added tons to mine but the soup could also be garnished with tortilla strips or cheese.

Somehow throughout the meal I ended up with two spoons. I guess it was just THAT good.

We have plenty of leftovers so this will probably get Stuart and I through until my mom gets home. I hope. I have to admit it was pretty awesome for a recipe that I made up on the spot in my head… pretty much the only way I know how to cook. 

Step 1: CPR.

As you may or may not know I really want to be a spin instructor. I just started spin classes in May and I love it so much that I want to be an instructor! In order to be a certified instructor I have to have CPR, Exercise Theory, and Group Exercise (Cycle) certifications. This weekend I accomplished step 1: CPR. 

I have taken CPR before. Actually, I took swimming lessons for many years so I’ve done Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Medallion, National Lifeguarding, Standard First Aid, CPR-B, and CPR-C… I just didn’t recertify in time. Awesome. That left me to a full two days of performing compressions on a CPR dummy and acting out seizures for other class members. Fun stuff. Considering all of my first aid experience, it wasn’t too difficult to pass… I think.

I was happy to be done. Yes, I do wear this vest every day. 

At least I got some endorphins in my blood before going to CPR class. Another 8.0 miles bright dark and early this morning. It was a little slower than usual… that is a sign I need to rest my running legs. 8:41 min/mile average with splits of 8:54, 8:42, 8:30, 8:41, 8:47, 8:41, 8:37, and 8:38. 

I have run another 27 miles in the past three days so it is time for a little less mileage. I either need to take a break or my legs will break. Either way, there’s going to be a break… I think I’ll choose the former. Not being able to give my all in a run is another one of the signs that I need to take it easy. Crazy fast? Not so much.

If anyone needs some burn bandaging, a sling, or some CPR, you know who to call!

Overdressed in shorts.

My run was fabulous this morning. 10.0 miles in the beautiful brisk morning air. I wore shorts, long sleeve shirt, a wind breaker, and my headband for my ears. I started out with gloves but about half a mile into my run I took them off! 

Ten miles takes me a fair way around the town. I did a big loop that I mapped out last night. 

My splits were 8:44, 8:35, 8:34, 8:28, 8:30, 8:23, 8:36, 8:50, 8:26, and 8:16. I had an average pace of 8:32 min/mile, or 8:30 min/mile without the stoplights. 

My legs were a tad red when I got home but I was actually so hot throughout the run. I didn’t need the long sleeves that’s for sure but I needed to take my wind jacket to hold my phone. Running in the dark without my phone scares me a little.

It takes a little longer to warm up on cooler morning runs but once I’m warm, I instantly regret wearing a bunch of layers. I probably could have worn my Runsie and been fine!

I am excited for more of these cool morning runs! An hour and a half of running before 7:30 am = an AMAZING start to my day!