It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and I have lots to catch you up on! I’ve got some race news, I finally started a strength training routine, and I have some new products I’m obsessed with in the kitchen.
I’ve got my first race of 2014 coming up next weekend! It’s about time – after all I did commit to running 14 races in 2014 : ) The race is Quivering Quads, and it’s a trail half marathon in Cuvre State Park. I wrote last year about my experience at the 2013 Quivering Quads, which was fun but a muddy mess! I’m hoping for nicer conditions this year.
In other race news, a couple friends and I got in to the KT82 trail relay race here in the St. Louis area in August. It’s the first year they’re doing this race, and over 400 teams entered a lottery for 200 spots. I’ve written before about how much I love relays and am really excited about this one. We can either do a 3 or 6 person team to cover the 82 miles and are planning on a 3 person team as of now. That will work out to 25-31 miles per person, which will certainly be a good challenge!
After a year of doing nearly no cross-training (in part due to training on Hansons), with the exception of the occasional swim, I am finally starting a strength training routine! My husband gave me some personal training sessions with a crossfit trainer at his gym for Christmas, and after a couple months of procrastinating I finally started last week. I’m really liking it so far and will share more soon. For now I’ll just say that after just two workouts I can already tell that I’m working muscles that have not seen any action in a long time. My upper body is so sore at the moment, but that good kind of sore where you know you’re doing something right.
In other news, I have a new product I’m excited about in the kitchen – Maca Powder.
Maca is a hardy root plant native to the Andean mountain plateaus of Peru. From the back of the bag – Studies have identified four alkaloids present in maca known to nourish the endocrine system. Maca root has been used as a stress-fighting adaptogen to increase stamina, libido and combat fatigue. Maca is a nutrient-dense whole food packed with vitamins, plant sterols as well as many essential minerals, fatty and amino acids.
I also like this article on 7 Top Health Benefits of Maca from VegKitchen.
A bag of this powder cost me $30, but the good news is a little goes a long way. The serving size is just one teaspoon and that’s more than enough to add a nice, malty, flavor to a smoothie for example.
Speaking of smoothies, I am loving my new Vitamix blender! I’ve mostly just made smoothies and vegetable juices, but I’m going to try making a roasted red pepper hummus today.
What races do you have coming up?
Have you ever tried Maca powder? Any suggestions on what to use it in?
- Welcome to my blog! I’m Gina, an avid runner living in St. Louis, MO. Check out my blog for tips on running, swimming, race recaps, book reviews, and recipes! Follow me on twitter at @ginabhawalkar, or feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!
March 9th - Quivering Quads Trail Half Marathon
June 1st - Steamboat Springs Half Marathon
August 30th - KT82 Trail Relay Race