I have two things on my mind this morning – (1) the Brooklyn Half Marathon and (2) green smoothies. Let’s talk about a little running first, and we’ll save the delicious stuff for last.
I recently registered and began training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon…so, so excited!! Back in January I told you that one of my goals this year is to run a sub-2 hour half marathon. This 2 hour mark feels like it’s been hanging over my head forever (really, 5 years)! Well, this is it! This is the year, and this is the race! I see a half marathon finish well under 2 hours, happening this May.
I’ve talked about triathlon and running in the past, but there’s never really been any showing. So, in the spirit of showing what I’m up to on the training and race front, here’s a little peak at my training plan.
It’s a modified version of a Hal Higdon intermediate plan. I altered mileage, swapped around some workouts so I can still cruise around Central Park with my running club, and I sprinkled in a couple fun races, to create a plan that works best for us. We also added an extra week of training (who said 13 isn’t lucky!), for no other reason that we were super excited to get the show on the road and some extra miles on our legs.
Another reason I’m so excited for this race is that the boyfriend is also running it, and it’s his first half marathon! Forget my sub-2 goal, I think I’m slightly more excited about his half marathon excitement. Before we met, the he ran sometimes….kind of. It took him a little while to warm up to us running together, but he eventually did, and now it’s a part of our regular schedule. He’s such a great running partner, and I really love that we share this!
I’m not 100% certain, but I think I just might see the marathon wheels spinning in the boyfriend’s head.
What’s been motivating me during morning workouts lately…..green smoothies! I’ve been craving dark leafy greens like crazy! Like, all.the.time! Leafy greens, like kale, chard, spinach and arugula, are a regular part of my diet (think 2-3 times a day), and lately the more greens I eat, the more greens I want to be eating. And on an interesting note, you know what I haven’t really been craving these days….sweets.
I love starting my day with green smoothies. This energizing drink combines my favorite dark greens, kale and spinach, along with frozen banana and mango for a hint of sweetness, and a touch of fresh ginger. Whether I’ve just rolled out of bed or I’m refueling after my morning run, this smoothie leaves me feeling refreshed, full and energy and ready to tackle the day.
1 – 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, depending on how thick you like your smoothie
1 cup kale leaves, center rib removed
1 cup baby spinach
1 banana, frozen & cut into pieces
1 mango, peeled and cut into pieces
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
Add all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Divide between glasses and drink immediately.