RUNNING IN THE MORNINGS AND COUNTING MACROS

Hello friends!

Hope you’re having an amazing start of the weekend.

I’ve been back on track with my training this week, which was extremely needed after registering for a race coming up next Monday. Even though it’s only going to be a 5K, I don’t want to feel like I’m undertrained. So I’ve basically been doing lots of easy miles, because I know that will give me (hopefully) some speed for the race.

That thing of registering for a race in order to stick with your training program is no joke. Even though I’ve experienced this in the past, I think I need to stick to it more often so that I can fix this year’s lack of training for once and for all.

But another thing that got me even more happy than being back to to my regular training, is being back to run in the mornings. Say what?

I’ve been struggling with doing my runs in the morning for MONTHS. And somehow, I’ve mastered to wake up early and go for my run before 7am for two days in a row. That’s pretty impressive considering that one week ago I could not wake up early to save my life.

There are a few things I did different this time around. I even invented my own system to be able to wake up and go running. Once I prove it’s sustainability, I might share it in here.

On another note, I’ve been really inspired to eat healthy lately.

It’s been quite some time since I don’t feel any symptoms of acid reflux. My digestion is 10 times better, and I can definitely feel that on my runs. I feel like I have more energy because my body is absorbing better the nutrients. And I guess that really gave me extra inspiration to be more conscious about my nutrition.

Madeline from Madeline Moves has also really inspired me in this. Even though I had a very bad experience counting macros in the past, she makes it seem so easy, convenient, and beneficial.

I went ahead and decided to give it another try. But I did recalculate my macros basing myself on a formula given by Brooks Running. My totals were 101 grams of protein, 112 carbs, and 70 fat. And 25 extra grams of carbs to replace for every 100 calories burned on a run.

These macros are lower than the ones I was working with last year (and that seemed impossible for me to hit everyday). Carbs and fats are pretty easy to hit this time around, but protein is the one I’m struggling with. I know there must be a way to incorporate it more into my diet without going against my intuitive eating. I’m certainly reporting back about this soon.

In the mean time, I’m enjoying delicious foods such as my oatmeal pancakes.

And my zucchini lasagnas with roasted carrots.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Do you count macros?

Do you run in the mornings?

What’s your plan for the weekend?

 

 

WEEKEND RECAP AND GRADUATION CEREMONY

Hello friends!

It’s been a while since posted something here. Life has been crazy these past few weeks. Full time job + dad coming to visit + graduation ceremony equals a very restricted time for everything else in my life. If you follow me on Instagram you would’ve seen some pictures. But today I wanted to share almost everything about last weekend.

Dad’s arrival meant eating lots of carbs, but that’s something I won’t complain.

I was super happy with my graduation outfit. Even though I’ve never bought any dress online, I decided to take the risk this time around and get my graduation dress from lulu’s. The dress arrived two days before the ceremony and thank God fit me perfectly.

I was beyond happy and thankful to be able to spend my graduation with my loved ones. It was a very emotional ceremony as the student speech was given by a Venezuelan fellow. He could not pass to mention our country and the tough situation is going trough right now. Many of us started sobbing just by hearing “Venezuela.”

After two and a half years studying, me and my roommate graduated with honors from our double masters (YAY!).

Boyfriend was also there. He was so supportive throughout my last school semester that I was extremely happy to share this achievement with him.

After the ceremony we went to eat. This pasta filled with pears and covered in gorgonzola cheese sauce and walnuts just hit the spot.

My beautiful cousin gave me a Sephora gift card as a graduation gift. So I’ll report back with some reviews!!

I’m running a 5K race next week. I really wanted to break my 5K PR on my next race, but honestly I have no idea how that’s going to happen with very little to no time to train/exercise. The good thing is that it’s going to be a nighttime race, and I love the fact that I don’t have to wake up extremely early for that.

When is your next race coming up? 

What was your highlight from last week?

 

EASY PEASY PINEAPPLE CHICKEN TACOS

It was only a few months ago when I tried tacos with pineapple for the first time. They were the Chicken Tacos al Pastor from Tacology and that definitely was more than enough to get me obsessed about them.

However, tacos with pineapple inside are not something very common around here. So after many repetitive episodes of me craving the pineapple tacos, I decided to take a step forward and cook them by myself (with my boyfriend’s instructions). I have to say they turned out pretty easy and delicious by the way.

My boyfriend and I have had friends over who have tried these tacos before, and they say that pineapple is a total game changer. That being said, if you’re one of those people who thoroughly enjoys the sweet and savory combinations on a meal, then you’re most likely going to love this dish.

I personally think chicken makes the best combination with pineapple. You could totally make them with steak if you prefer. I’m not sure I’ve seen these kind of tacos made with steak but hey, if that’s what you really want then why not?

The key for this recipe are the seasonings, that’s what makes them easy peasy to cool. When it comes to seasonings, I’m not concerned about sodium or added sugars. But if you are, then I’ll suggest you to use low sodium seasonings like Flavor God or Mrs. Dash. For the Orange Juice, you could squeeze some oranges and then you’ll be 100% sure that there’s no added sugars in there.

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Easy Peasy Pineapple Chicken Tacos


Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Tajin
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cups Orange Juice
  • Garlic Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Chopped Pineapple
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Cilantro
  • 6 Soft Corn Tortillas

Instructions

  1. Cut the boneless chicken breasts into small squares and mix with all the dry seasonings.

  2.  On a preheated pan, add the olive oil and the seasoned chicken. After a few seconds, add the orange juice. Cover and let it cook for a few minutes on medium heat. 

  3. When the orange juice gets caramelized, add half of the chopped cilantro. Let it sit for a two minutes. 

  4. Serve the chicken on the corn tortillas, and top it with the chopped pineapple and the rest of the cilantro. Enjoy! 

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

What are your favorite types of tacos?

How to talk about running to your non-runner friends.

Hello fellow runners!

Have you ever wondered how to talk about running to your non-running friends? Well, I just discovered this hilarious video that will show you the reality about lifestyle differences between runners and non-runners.

How I talk about running to my non-runner friends:

* When they ask me out out on a Friday night: “I can’t go out tonight, I have a long run scheduled for tomorrow morning.”

* When going out to eat dinner: “Can we pick Italian? I really need to have pasta tonight.”

* When walking around the mall: “Can we go to Fit2Run really quick?”

* When there’s a 5K: “Hey… there’s going to be this 5K on this day. Would you want to go? I mean you could always walk too”

* When they I get back from a good run: “Oh my God! that run was so so so good!”

What about you? How do you talk about running to your non-runner friends?