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.

Race News

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.

Quivering Quads

 

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!

KT82 Relay

New Workouts

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.

Maca Powder

In other news, I have a new product I’m excited about in the kitchen – Maca Powder.

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 picked up a bag of this at Whole Foods after reading about it on Jill Conyer’s blog.  She has a great post on the Benefits of Maca Powder that I recommend reading.

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.

Vitamix blender

What races do you have coming up? 

Have you ever tried Maca powder?  Any suggestions on what to use it in?

 

5 Responses to Upcoming Races, Crossfit, and Maca Powder

  1. My race calendar is still on winter-hold. ugh! I add maca to a tablespoon of salad dressing and anything made with yogurt. You’ll be surprised by how long one bag lasts.
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    • Gina says:

      Thanks for the tip – I will try it in salad dressing! I am definitely excited for winter to be over – bring on spring running!

  2. Marcia says:

    Lucky duck – our team (for KT82) didn’t make the cut, I’m sure it’ll be a blast!

    Vitamixes are the best – have you made your own milk yet? Super easy, I swear it makes everything easier :)

    Never had maca powder, I’ll have to give it a try – my first race for the year is the Alton Half, ever ran it?
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    • Gina says:

      Darn – I’m sorry to hear you guys didn’t make the cut!

      You make your own milk? Silly question but what does that entail?! So far I’ve made smoothies, carrot juice, and hummus. I’m excited to do some more experimenting.

      I have not run the Alton half – let me know what you think of it! I may do the MO Cowbell this fall as my attempt to PR since it’s flat and fast.

  3. I’ve never tried maca powder. It sounds like gold dust with all those nutritional benefits! Thanks Gina for sharing this information!

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