How’s your week going? Over here, our temperatures have been hovering around 0 degrees (that’s 32 for my US friends), and relatively speaking, it feels almost spring-like! Lately I’ve been feeling the urge to do some spring cleaning around my condo so that will likely be happening over the weekend. Anyone else feeling the same way?
Speaking of spring, this week’s featured healthy recipe is full of fresh, light flavour. I think you’ll like it!
1. Recipe of the Week. Ok, quick story about this one: On Saturday, I woke up and went to the gym with the intention of possibly doing a long run if things were feeling good. My legs were a little achey from some previous workouts, but definitely nothing to be too concerned about. So I knocked back a glass of Vega pre-workout energizer as I do most mornings, grabbed my gym bag, and off I went.
It turned out there was a whole lot more energy in the tank than I anticipated, because 9 miles turned into 12 miles. In general, I never feel hungry within about 15 minutes of finishing a long or intense run so any nutrition I take in to help my body begin to recover tends to be in liquid form. Give it 30 though, and WATCH OUT because you don’t want to get between this girl and her food.
I could feel my stomach starting to rumble a bit while I was on the foam roller, so after finishing up a much-needed stretch session, I promptly drove home and made these:
You’re looking at Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Waffles, the latest twist on my go-to waffle formula. I’ve been trying so hard to come up with a vegan version of said formula, but it’s really not blog-worthy yet so I opted for vanilla whey. The delicious, energizing citrus flavour comes from fresh lemon juice and zest, and while I topped mine with fresh fruit, feel free to use whatever you like.
Not only are these waffles gluten-free and delicious, but they freeze really well. If you find yourself having to go immediately from the gym to work (or elsewhere) without being able to go home and prepare a meal, all you need to do is pop a few pieces into your gym bag and you’ve got a super easy on-the-go snack.
Oh, and the drizzle! This is just the little bit of batter that was leftover in my Vitamix – nothing fancy and no extra effort. When you taste it, trust me – you won’t want to let any go to waste!
2. Yoga for runners at Urban Wellness Studio. (This wasn’t actually tried this Tuesday, but I want to talk about it anyway!) I’ve blogged lots before about how I need to incorporate more yoga into my life, and if you’re a runner too, I’m sure you’ve gone through phases of telling yourself the same thing. The benefits are huge – preventing injury that could throw off plans to race, correcting imbalances that get developed during the repetitive motion of running, opening up tight joints (hey there hips!) and loosening hard-working muscles, and general stress relief. So why don’t we do yoga more often? For me, it’s a time thing. There are only so many hours in the day, and the endorphin junkie in me usually prefers to make my workout sessions sweaty. However, having experienced my fair share of injuries over the past couple of years, the reminder to work on flexibility and relieve stress (of all sorts) has been at the front of my mind lately.
That’s where Urban Wellness Studio comes in. Recently I was asked if I’d like to participate in an 8-week Yoga for Runners program at their location in Kitchener. I’d never been there before, so I was curious about checking it out. Jess and I attended our first session last week, which was led by Whitney Lord, a former college-level athlete, registered and highly experienced yoga instructor. Having done her fair share of running, she was great at knowing what to look for and what poses would help us to become better runners.
While I anticipated doing a lot of poses that focused on lower body muscle groups, this first class was more about spinal flexibility. Unlike other yoga classes that flow continuously from one pose to the next, this one was less fluid, but I enjoyed being able to focus on just a few while learning the details. For example, Whitney came around and gave each of us adjustments, told us what to look for, and where our imbalances were. It was nice to have the individual attention, which is not something you always get in other classes.
She had us doing some more familiar poses like the assisted shoulder stretch (above), and the gate-mixed-with-thread-the-needle hybrid one below in which I look like I’m drunk and fumbling around on the floor with my butt up in the air. Classy, right?
I’m not a very graceful yogi to begin with, but this pose makes that even more apparent! While that one was very unfamiliar to me, we ended the class with a pose that I’m highly experienced in, and one of my favourites of them all:
A nice relaxing savasana, which felt even more fantastic after a stressful day at work. I’ll be going back for more this week, and if you’re local and want to get your yoga, it’s not too late to join! The registration info you need is here, and you can commit to just a couple of sessions if you don’t want to do the full program.
Now, tell me…
- What’s your favourite type of yoga? Or, if you’re not a yogi but do a lot of running, what’s your favourite stretch? For me, high up on the list with savasana is pigeon. So great for runner’s/cyclist’s hips!
- Any new experiences for you lately?