How’s your week going? Mine’s been rather fab, especially on the workouts front. I ran on Saturday and again today (with cross training sessions on the other days) and am pleased to announce that the pain from the bursitis in my hip is pretty much gone! I know my physio who is likely reading this (hi, Robyn!) is probably wanting to beat me over the head for getting on the treadmill but I really do feel better and have been stretching and icing religiously for the last couple of weeks. Just like any injury, this has been not fun at all to deal with and I’m thrilled to be able to ease back into training for the races I’ve got planned for the spring.
Alright, enough about running. Let’s talk about food!
1. Recipe of the Week: On Friday night I asked you guys on my Facebook page if you had any recipe requests, and the responses were for vegan and vegetarian meals and snacks. While today’s recipe isn’t vegan, it’s vegetarian-friendly and is one of many ways that I’ve been satisfying my recent cravings for eggs.
According to Wikipedia, huevos rancheros is a Spanish dish that “consists of fried eggs served upon lightly fried corn tortillas topped with a tomato-chili sauce. Refried beans, Mexican-style rice, slices of avocado, or guacamole are common accompaniments.” As much as I adore my green smoothies, I’m also a fan of cooked savoury breakfasts, and this dish is certainly one of those.
Huevos rancheros purists will probably shake their head at me for removing the corn tortillas and swapping them with greens in this Huevos Rancheros Salad, but those who know me well know that I rarely sit down to a meal that doesn’t contain at least some form of greens. Once you taste it, I think you’ll forgive me.
Toppings-wise, I thought salsa would be a great choice. (Is it ever a bad choice??) Feel free to use your favourite brand, or go all out and spend another 10 mins whipping up your own. If you make it with the quantities indicated in the recipe you’ll have plenty leftover, perfect for other eggy breakfasts like omelettes and frittatas.
2. A kettlebell-TRX fusion class. It’s been a while since I’ve featured a non-food related new experience, and this actually happened on Sunday (the class isn’t offered on Tuesdays) but I wanted to talk about it anyway. One of the shorter-term tactics in my plan to run a strong SeaWheeze half marathon (registration opens tomorrow – yipppeeeee!!!) this year is to become a more versatile athlete by trying as many new forms of physical exercise as I can. My workouts mainly take place on the cardio floor (treadmill, cross trainer, bike and stair master), in the spin studio, and in the weight room, but even with that variety, I know I have some muscular imbalances. To develop more all-over strength and make muscles hurt that I didn’t know I had, I decided to try out a kettlebell-TRX fusion class at my gym.
This class isn’t new – it’s been on the schedule for ages but Sundays are usually my rest day so I’ve never made it in the past. On Saturday I ran into the instructor at the grocery store, and she convinced me to come and give it a shot. After a quick warm up, we did a set of 4 moves – one for upper body, one for lower body, one for core, and one cardio – 45s per move, three times through. These were mostly with the kettlebells, and the next set of 4 moves were mostly on the TRX. We squeezed in one more set of 4 moves but only had time to do it twice through before cooling down.
The workout was totally different to what I usually do on my own (no-equipment circuits, conventional weight training, a few machines, and running or whatever cardio I fancy on that particular day), and I loved it. I’ve trained with both the TRX and kettlebells in the past, and back then enjoyed the latter far more. This time around, I found that I actually got a really good workout from the TRX and was certainly feeling the suspended mountain climbers in my hips and core the next day! While I wasn’t sweating buckets as I do after one of my spin classes, my muscles felt tired afterwards, particularly the ones in my legs since we did lots of lower body moves. One of my faves is this the single-leg TRX lunge because it really opens up the hip flexors:
As an instructor, I often get frustrated in other group ex classes – I’m stubborn and don’t like to be told what to do! Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed myself in this one and loved the challenge. There are always ways to make TRX moves harder! The time flew by and I couldn’t believe it when I looked up and saw there were only 2 minutes left. Even though it’s not at a super convenient time, I’m planning to do it again next weekend.
So tell me…
- What’s your favourite egg dish?
- Kettlebells or TRX: Which do you prefer? Or, if you haven’t tried either yet, which one interests you more?
- Did you try anything new yesterday?